Rep. Chandler will serve as legislative leader on agriculture issues

Washington State House Republicans released member committee assignments for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, today.  Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, will take a leadership position on agriculture issues as the ranking member on the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee.

Chandler previously served as the caucus lead on state spending and budgeting as the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee.  He was part of the team of legislators tasked with solving the so-called McCleary problem, and will continue to be engaged in education funding and other fiscal matters as a member of the Appropriations Committee.

“I am grateful for the faith and trust my colleagues have placed in me these past years to help guide our fiscal priorities and work toward accountable, responsible and sustainable budgeting,” said Chandler.  “However, we have many new members in our caucus, which means we have new opportunities and responsibilities to embrace.  I'm looking forward to this new challenge and focusing much of my legislative energy on issues that have been so important to the people of central Washington.”

Chandler will begin his eleventh two-year term in the state House of Representatives in January.  He owns and operates a pear orchard and has vast experience in the agriculture industry.

“I firmly believe agriculture is one of the leading industries in our state and is at the core of a healthy, vibrant and diverse economy,” said Chandler.  “Our agricultural products are known and respected around the world.  I'm looking forward to applying my experience while working on some very meaningful and important issues during the upcoming session.  Water storage and use will continue to be a significant focus, along with managing our state's resources in a thoughtful and inclusive way to promote economic development in many areas that have yet to experience even a fraction of the booming Puget Sound economy.”

The majority party in the House replaced the former Commerce and Labor Committee with the newly named Labor and Workforce Standards Committee, where Chandler will serve as the assistant ranking member.

“Even with the name change we will continue to deal with issues that impact our citizens' ability to work and earn a living,” said Chandler.  “There are opportunities to help reduce barriers to gainful employment in family-wage industries in our state.  I look forward to working on these problems and more.”

The 2019 legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 14 and is scheduled to last 105 days.


Washington State House Republican Communications