I am running for Senate to continue putting my experience as a business owner, state lawmaker, and Southwest Washington resident to work for the people of the 18th District. Prior to my Senate term, I was elected to the Washington State House in 2010. As State Representative, I was the “Assistant Whip”.
I served on the House’s Business and Financial Services Committee, Judiciary Committee, Transportation Committee, and Rules Committee. The Rules Committee decides which bills to send to a vote on the House floor. After taking office in 2010 as State Representative, I stuck to my campaign promise to make audits a part of the budgeting process. I am happy to report that we have achieved this mission by working with Senate budget writers. I’ve also committed to work to reduce regulations and taxes and voted on numerous occasions to do just that.
In my freshman term in the Senate, I was elected unanimously by my peers to serve as the Majority Whip – a top four leadership position.
I have served on the powerful Ways and Means, Transportation, Government Operations and Tribal Affairs, Early Learning K-12, Healthcare, and Rules committees. There are a diversity issues that come through these committees and the filter that I use as my guide is, first and foremost, “How will this affect the people who have put their faith and trust in me?”
Why do I want to represent the people of the 18th District?
“Representing the people of the 18th and serving as their protector and advocate in state government has been the most rewarding thing that I have done (outside my family life) and I look forward to continuing that service.”
In each and every decision I have made and vote I have taken, my constituents have consistently been my priority. Maintaining that policy while continuing excellent service to the people of the 18th district are chief on my list of things to do. I was the owner of a public relations and government affairs consulting firm so I know what it is like to sign both sides of a paycheck. I currently serve on the board of the North Clark County Community Food Bank and on numerous task forces & commissions. I am a former member of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, a former board member of Habitat for Humanity, a former board member of the La Center Education Foundation. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I am married to Fred Rivers, a Senior Account Manager for Nalco-Ecolab, and have two sons, Derick and Rex.