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I’m Tim Sheldon, your Democratic senator from the 35th Legislative District. I have represented Mason County and parts of Thurston and Kitsap counties since 1991, making me the longest-serving member of the Legislature. I also am one of the last Democrats representing a rural district.

Our issues are different than those of urban areas, and we need to make sure our voice is heard. We understand, far better than those who live in urban areas, the potential impact of measures that would drive up the price of gasoline and heap new taxes on those who cannot afford them. We need to make sure working families have jobs and opportunities right here at home.

These are trying times, and the continuing COVID restrictions have made them more difficult. In 2021, with the public kept at a distance, the Legislature’s biggest challenge will be to resist the temptation to pass steep new taxes and ill-considered environmental legislation when the public has no chance to weigh in. Above all else, we need to play fair with the people.

What can we do to put the state on the right track? I hope you will share your ideas with me. We can do plenty of good if we put our minds to it, and we do it together. You can send me a quick note at the address below, or send me an email at Timothy.Sheldon@leg.wa.gov. Whether we’re at the office or working from home, we’re here for you.

Tim Sheldon

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Passage of gun bill illustrates urban indifference to rural concerns, Sheldon says Passage of gun bill illustrates urban indifference to rural concerns, Sheldon says
To see video of floor speech, click here. OLYMPIA – A bill placing new restrictions on “open-carry” rules illustrates an urban lack of understanding of rural concerns, says state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch. Senate Bill 5038 bans the open carrying of firearms in public places while demonstrations are taking place,...
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Mason, Kitsap counties to move to Phase Two, but still a long way to go, Sheldon says Mason, Kitsap counties to move to Phase Two, but still a long way to go, Sheldon says
Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that Mason and Kitsap counties will move to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID lockdown plan, together with most other areas of the state. The change will permit restaurants to resume indoor dining, allow gyms...
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When the public’s away, the Legislature shouldn’t play When the public’s away, the Legislature shouldn’t play
The following op-ed appeared in the Kitsap Sun Jan. 3, 2021. By Sen. Tim Sheldon Guest column After 30 years at the statehouse, I’ve been around longer than anybody in the Legislature. And I can tell you, our next legislative session is going to be one of the most trying...
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Sheldon blames governor for state’s worsening economic crisis, calls no-special-session decision irresponsible Sheldon blames governor for state’s worsening economic crisis, calls no-special-session decision irresponsible
Longest-serving lawmaker cites Inslee ‘failure of leadership’ – governor has shut out Legislature and people Click here to read the complete text of Sen. Sheldon’s address, “The Cure Shouldn’t be Worse than the Disease.” OLYMPIA – In a blistering address to the Washington Public Utility District Association, Sen. Tim Sheldon,...
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