About Rep. Bruce Chandler
Bruce Chandler is serving his eleventh term representing the 15th District, which is located in east Yakima County. Bruce focuses on policies promoting water storage, economic growth and the safety of Washington's families
After serving several years as the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Bruce was chosen by his colleagues to be the budget leader for House Republicans. He started his tenure as the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee at the end of 2013. After leading Republican budget negotiations through the McCleary decision, he was asked to again take the reins on the agriculture committee. He now serves as the ranking Republican on the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
In 2010, Bruce was named one of four “Legislators of the Decade” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). He received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and again in 2018; the 2012 “W. Fred Witham Memorial Award” from the Yakima Association of Realtors; the 2011 “Cornerstone Award” from the Association of Washington Business; the Washington Farm Bureau's Friend of the Farm Bureau in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the Washington Farm Bureau Commendation Award for Leadership in 2018; he received the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Washington State Potato Commission; the Railroad Crew Recognition Award in 2017 and their Exemplary Leadership Award in 2019; the 2008 “Key Award” from the Washington Coalition for Open Government; the 2016 Certificate of Appreciation for services as an Ex Officio on the Washington State Gambling Commission; the 2016 Action for Developmentally Disabled Community Appreciation Award; and the “In the Bag” award from the Washington Food Industry Association from 2006 through 2012.
He serves on the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) as well as the board of directors for the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Association.
Chandler has three grown children and more than 30 years of experience in the fruit industry and currently owns and operates a commercial fruit orchard near Granger.