Friends and Neighbors— Representatives Jessica Bateman, Beth Doglio and I invite you to a legislative town hall on March 16 at 6:30 pm at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey Campus Event Center on 6th Avenue SE. We hope you’ll bring your questions, thoughts, and ideas. Read on for more insight into what the Legislature is working on in 2023. Last Wednesday was the deadline for bills to pass from their house of origin—except bills that are necessary to implement the budget. In other words, to stay alive, House bills must have passed the House of Representatives and Senate bills must have passed the Senate. We have now returned to committee meetings where the Senate will consider House-passed bills and the ...Read More
Senator Sam Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and is also a member of the Ways & Means and Early Learning & K-12 Education committees. In addition, he the serves on the Legislative Oral History Advisory, Capitol Campus Design Advisory, Public Records Accountability and Exemptions and Public Records Committees, and the Washington-Hyogo Friendship Council. A former member of the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees, Sam volunteers with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, working to promote and improve civility among members of state legislatures.
A graduate of Washington State University, Sam was a schoolteacher in Pasco (where he also served as a city council member and mayor pro tempore) and Montesano. He also worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, served as staff director for the Washington Senate Majority Leader, was education advisor to Governor Booth Gardner, and served as legislative director at the Department of Information Services.
In 2017, Sam chaired the Council of State Governments West, an organization composed of legislators from the 13 western states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and several Mexican border states. He is Chair-Elect of the Council of State Governments, which works with legislators and state elected officials across the nation.
Read Sen. Hunt’s full biography here.