Chandler comments on Newhouse departure

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Chandler comments on Newhouse departure


Today the governor announced Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, would become the new director for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Rep. Bruce Chandler, his seatmate in the 15th District, had this to say:

“Dan’s new position will be a great thing for Washington agriculture and for the Yakima Valley. I know he will provide wise counsel to the governor, and I hope she will listen. He is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in, but he does so with respect and as a true statesman. I know his father, former Representative Irv Newhouse, would be proud of him.

“I have really mixed feelings about Dan’s departure. This is a great move for him and will benefit agriculture, but it also means we lose another farmer’s voice in the Legislature during a very challenging time. Dan has been a close friend and a great partner, which is a very rare thing to find here in Olympia.

“Although we lose his presence on the floor of the House, I know he will be a guiding force in helping agriculture be successful and profitable in our state.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications