In Central Washington, we understand all-too-well the frustrations that come from feeling like rural communities are being ignored.
This is especially true in our nation’s capital and why I take my responsibility as the voice for Central Washington very seriously. As one of 435 Members in the House of Representatives, I work every day to educate my peers about the priorities and issues facing our district.
For the past few years, I have served as a Vice Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, a bipartisan coalition that aims to advance priorities of rural America. The Western Caucus provides an opportunity for Members not just in the West, but from across the country — from Alaska and Arizona to South Carolina and Louisiana — to advocate for our constituents through a platform that unites, elevates, and strengthens our voices.
As a Caucus, we advocate for legislation and policies that empower rural communities. We have worked to encourage responsible resource development and energy independence, increase access to public lands and promote multiple-use, protect our communities from wildfires, support our nation’s agriculture industry, and strengthen the water infrastructure that makes our way-of-life possible throughout the West.
Together, we have spearheaded efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act, working alongside the Trump Administration to — finally — delist the gray wolf and allow for state and local entities to manage gray wolf populations.
We have made a lot of progress, but there is much more to accomplish.
While our Members represent diverse populations, we have a common interest in standing up for rural America. That is why I am proud to launch my bid for Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus.
As a lifelong resident of Central Washington and a third-generation farmer, I have a unique understanding of the negative impacts federal decisions and one-size-fits-all regulations can have on our communities. I want to use this experience to expand the influence of the Caucus and protect the values of rural communities throughout the West and beyond.
As Chairman, I will continue to advocate for the priorities of Central Washington and rural communities across our great country, and I look forward to serving as a Voice for the West.