Washington House of Representatives

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House of Representatives
of Washington
Washington State Legislature
Term limits
New session started
January 11, 2021
Laurie Jinkins (D)
since January 13, 2020
Speaker pro Tempore
Tina Orwall (D)
since January 13, 2020
Majority Leader
Pat Sullivan (D)
since November 19, 2010
Minority Leader
J. T. Wilcox (R)
since March 9, 2018
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Political groups
  •    Democratic (57)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, Washington State Constitution
Salary$56,881/year + per diem [1]
Last election
November 3, 2020
(98 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(98 seats)
RedistrictingWashington State Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Washington State Capitol
Olympia, Washington
Washington State Legislature

The Washington House of Representatives is the lower house of the Washington State Legislature, and along with the Washington State Senate makes up the legislature of the U.S. state of Washington. It is composed of 98 Representatives from 49 districts, each of which elects one Senator and two members of the House. They are elected to separate positions with the top-two primary system. All members of the House are elected to a two-year term without term limits. The House meets at the State Capitol in Olympia.


Leadership of the House

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker and the Speaker Pro Tem are nominated by the majority party caucus followed by a vote of the full House. As well as presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position and controls the flow of legislation. In the absence of the Speaker the Speaker Pro Tem assumes the role of Speaker. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the House.

The Speaker of the House during the first session of the 65th legislature (2019) was Democrat Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) of the 43rd Legislative District. He stepped down at the end of the session and John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) of the 44th Legislative District served as speaker pro tempore until the second session, when Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) was elected speaker. [2] The Majority Leader is Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) of the 47th Legislative District. The Republican Minority Leader is J.T. Wilcox (R-Roy) of the 2nd Legislative District. [3]


(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
Previous (65th) legislature5047980
Begin 66th legislature5741980
December 16, 2019561
December 19, 2019401
January 13, 2020570
Latest voting share

On December 19, 2019 Rep. Matt Shea (4th District) was expelled from the Republican Caucus after an independent investigative report found he participated in domestic terrorist activity, but he refused to resign. Shea remains a member of the House, but does not caucus with any party. [4] Kristine Reeves resigned December 16, 2019, and Jeff Morris retired January 6, 2020. [5] Morris was replaced by Alex Ramel the same day, [6] Reeves was replaced by Jesse Johnson on January 13. [7]

Members (2019-2021, 66th Legislature)

DistrictPositionRepresentativePartyResidenceCounties RepresentedFirst elected
1 1 Davina Duerr Democratic Bothell King (part), Snohomish (part)2019*
2 Shelley Kloba Democratic Kirkland 2016
2 1 Andrew Barkis Republican Lacey Pierce (part), Thurston (part)2016*
2 J. T. Wilcox Republican Roy 2010
3 1 Marcus Riccelli Democratic Spokane Spokane (part)2012
2 Timm Ormsby Democratic Spokane 2003*
4 1 Bob McCaslin Jr. Republican Spokane Valley Spokane (part)2014#
2 Matt Shea Republican§ Spokane Valley 2008
5 1 Bill Ramos Democratic Snoqualmie King (part)2018
2 Lisa Callan Democratic Fall City 2018
6 1 Mike Volz Republican Spokane Spokane (part)2016
2 Jenny Graham Republican Cheney 2018
7 1 Jacquelin Maycumber Republican Republic Ferry, Okanogan (part), Pend Oreille, Spokane (part), Stevens 2017*
2 Joel Kretz Republican Wauconda 2004
8 1 Brad Klippert Republican Kennewick Benton (part)2008
2 Matt Boehnke Republican Richland 2018
9 1 Mary Dye Republican Pomeroy Adams, Asotin, Franklin (part), Garfield, Spokane (part), Whitman 2015*
2 Joe Schmick Republican Colfax 2007*
10 1 Norma Smith Republican Clinton Island, Skagit (part), Snohomish (part)2008*
2 Dave Paul Democratic Oak Harbor 2018
11 1 Zack Hudgins Democratic Tukwila King (part)2002
2 Steve Bergquist Democratic Renton 2012
12 1 Keith Goehner Republican East Wenatchee Chelan, Douglas, Grant (part), Okanogan (part)2018
2 Mike Steele Republican Chelan 2016
13 1 Tom Dent Republican Moses Lake Grant (part), Kittitas, Lincoln, Yakima (part)2014
2 Alex Ybarra Republican Ellensburg 2019*
14 1 Chris Corry Republican Yakima Clark (part), Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima (part)2018
2 Gina Mosbrucker Republican Goldendale 2014#
15 1 Bruce Chandler Republican Granger Yakima (part)1998
2 Jeremie Dufault Republican Moxee 2018
16 1 Bill Jenkin Republican Prosser Benton (part), Columbia, Franklin (part), Walla Walla 2016
2 Skyler Rude Republican Walla Walla 2018
17 1 Vicki Kraft Republican Vancouver Clark (part)2016
2 Paul Harris Republican Vancouver 2010
18 1 Brandon Vick Republican Felida Clark (part)2012#
2 Larry Hoff Republican Camas 2018
19 1 Jim Walsh Republican Aberdeen Cowlitz (part), Grays Harbor (part), Lewis (part), Pacific, Wahkiakum 2016#
2 Brian Blake Democratic Aberdeen 2002*
20 1 Richard DeBolt Republican Chehalis Clark (part), Cowlitz (part), Lewis (part), Thurston (part)1996
2 Ed Orcutt Republican Kalama 2002^
21 1 Strom Peterson Democratic Edmonds Snohomish (part)2014
2 Lillian Ortiz-Self Democratic Mukilteo 2014*
22 1 Laurie Dolan Democratic Olympia Thurston (part)2016
2 Beth Doglio Democratic Olympia 2016
23 1 Sherry Appleton Democratic Poulsbo Kitsap (part)2004
2 Drew Hansen Democratic Bainbridge Island 2011*
24 1 Mike Chapman Democratic Port Angeles Clallam, Grays Harbor (part), Jefferson 2016
2 Steve Tharinger Democratic Sequim 2010
25 1 Kelly Chambers Republican Puyallup Pierce (part)2018
2 Chris Gildon Republican Puyallup 2018
26 1 Jesse Young Republican Gig Harbor Kitsap (part), Pierce (part)2014*
2 Michelle Caldier Republican Port Orchard 2014
27 1 Laurie Jinkins Democratic Tacoma Pierce (part)2010
2 Jake Fey Democratic Tacoma 2012
28 1 Mari Leavitt Democratic Steilacoom Pierce (part)2018
2 Christine Kilduff Democratic University Place 2014
29 1 Melanie Morgan Democratic Lakewood Pierce (part)2018
2 Steve Kirby Democratic Tacoma 2000
30 1 Mike Pellicciotti Democratic Federal Way King (part), Pierce (part)2016
2 Jesse Johnson Democratic Federal Way 2020*
31 1 Morgan Irwin Republican Enumclaw King (part), Pierce (part)2017*
2 Drew Stokesbary Republican Auburn 2014
32 1 Cindy Ryu Democratic Shoreline King (part), Snohomish (part)2010
2 Lauren Davis Democratic Shoreline 2018
33 1 Tina Orwall Democratic Des Moines King (part)2008
2 Mia Gregerson Democratic SeaTac 2013*
34 1 Eileen Cody Democratic Seattle King (part)1994^
2 Joe Fitzgibbon Democratic Burien 2010#
35 1 Dan Griffey Republican Allyn Kitsap (part), Mason, Thurston (part)2014
2 Drew C. MacEwen Republican Union 2012
36 1 Noel Frame Democratic Seattle King (part)2016*
2 Gael Tarleton Democratic Seattle 2012
37 1 Sharon Tomiko Santos Democratic Seattle King (part)1998
2 Eric Pettigrew Democratic Seattle 2002
38 1 June Robinson Democratic Everett Snohomish (part)2013*
2 Mike Sells Democratic Everett 2004#
39 1 Robert Sutherland Republican Snohomish King (part), Skagit (part), Snohomish (part)2018
2 Carolyn Eslick Republican Sultan 2017*
40 1 Debra Lekanoff Democratic Anacortes San Juan, Skagit (part), Whatcom (part)2018
2 Alex Ramel [6] Democratic Bellingham 2020*
41 1 Tana Senn Democratic Mercer Island King (part)2013*
2 My-Linh Thai Democratic Mercer Island 2018
42 1 Luanne Van Werven Republican Lynden Whatcom (part)2014
2 Sharon Shewmake Democratic Lynden 2018
43 1 Nicole Macri Democratic Seattle King (part)2016
2 Frank Chopp Democratic Seattle 1994
44 1 John Lovick Democratic Mill Creek Snohomish (part)2016*†
2 Jared Mead Democratic Mill Creek 2018
45 1 Roger Goodman Democratic Kirkland King (part)2006
2 Larry Springer Democratic Kirkland 2004
46 1 Gerry Pollet Democratic Seattle King (part)2011*
2 Javier Valdez Democratic Seattle 2017*
47 1 Debra Entenman Democratic Covington King (part)2018
2 Pat Sullivan Democratic Covington 2004
48 1 Vandana Slatter Democratic Bellevue King (part)2016*
2 Amy Walen Democratic Kirkland 2018
49 1 Sharon Wylie Democratic Vancouver Clark (part)2011*
2 Monica Stonier Democratic Vancouver 2016†
*Originally appointed
#Sworn in early to fill vacant seat
†Had previous tenure in Washington House of Representatives
^Redistricted during current tenure
‡Originally elected in special election
§Member of no caucus

Notable former members

The first women elected were Frances Cleveland Axtell [8] and Nena Jolidon Croake [9] in 1912.

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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