Governing Administrations

VOTING INFORMATION

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Governing Administrations

  • (39th District) Granite Falls Legislators:
  • OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
  • Education Service District (ESD #189 serves Snohomish County)
  • WSSDA (Washington State School Directors Association)
  • Board of Directors (Granite Falls School District Board of Directors):
    • Tom Eadie (District #4)
    • Rick Short (District #1)
    • Carl Cary (District #5)
    • Richard Panagos (District #3)
    • Robert Butler (District #2)

Legislative Information

Find your legislator

United States Senate

http://www.senate.gov

District 1 Legislators

United States House of Representatives

http://www.house.gov

District 1 Legislator

Washington State Legislature

 http://www.leg.wa.gov/pages/home.aspx

Granite Falls is served by the 39th Legislative District (Representing the eastern part of Skagit and Snohomish counties, and the northeast part of King County including Sedro Woolley, Concrete, Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls, Monroe, Sultan, Gold Bar Index, Skykomish and part of Marysville).

Senator Kirk Pearson (R)
Dan Kristiansen (R) position 1
Elizabeth Scott (R) position 2

The Washington State Legislature is a bicameral body with 49 members in the Senate and 98 members in the House of Representatives. Each district is served by one Senator and two House members.  The citizen Legislature meets annually on the second Monday in January in the Capitol building in Olympia. In odd-numbered years—the budget year—the Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. If necessary, the Governor can call legislators in for a special session for a 30-day period. Legislators can call themselves into special session with a two-thirds vote of the two bodies.

Members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms, and House members are elected to two-year terms.

What You Can Do

You are important to your legislative representatives! They appreciate hearing from the public as they address the issues that affect Washington state.

  • Call legislators directly and let them know your top priorities.
  • Send legislators handwritten letters or emails with your concerns and opinions. Use the Legislative hotline often: 1-800-562-6000.
  • Share this information with friends and neighbors and encourage them to contact their legislators.
  • Remind legislators that the funding of public education demands predictable funding and competitive salaries to keep competent teachers in our state.
  • Legislators are looking for solutions to complex funding issues. Share your ideas on how to address problems.

Effective Tips for Communicating with Your Legislators

  • Establish your position and follow through with letters, emails, and calls to the hotline.
  • Contact legislators who are chairs of key committees such as Education, Ways & Means or Appropriations and let them know your opinion. Follow bills that are introduced and remind legislators of your priorities.
  • Meet with your legislators at Town Hall Meetings or personally in Olympia. Let them know what your key issues are. Get to know their staff.
  • Collaborate with community groups and establish a joint communication plan.
  • Be persistent!
  • Say thanks! Recognize your local legislator’s hard work.

State Education Updates

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) provides regular updates during each session of the State Legislature, including a weekly listing of upcoming legislative committee meetings of interest.
View and subscribe to WSSDA’s legislative updates and reports: http://wssda.org/Legislative/LegislativeUpdatesReports.aspx
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI):http://www.k12.wa.us/legisgov/reports.aspx