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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you for subscribing to my legislative email updates! Topics in this update include:

  • We asked, you responded: 2020 legislative priorities survey
  • House Republican priorities this session
  • Sharing my story at this year's March for Life rally
  • House Page Program
  • Contacting me

As this year's 60-day session progresses, I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process. I know that can be a daunting task if you don't know where to start, which is why I've provided a number of links below that I hope will be helpful:

Please also feel free to email me any time with your comments, questions or concerns.

We asked, you responded: 2020 legislative priorities survey

Before session got underway, Sen. Zeiger, Rep. Gildon and I sent out a mailer that included a tear-away survey with questions about your legislative priorities.

We received more than 1,500 surveys back!

We were absolutely blown away by your response. Thank you for being so passionate about the well-being of our communities! Staff members are still compiling the data, but we hope to have results to share with you soon.

House Republican priorities this session

During interim, the 40 members of our caucus got together on several occasions to craft an agenda based on the feedback we've received from our constituents on a wide range of issues. Ultimately, we decided our focus this session would be on safety, affordability and accountability. Our slogan is:

Quite simply, we believe you should expect more from the governor and those who control the agenda in Olympia. Unfortunately, one-party control has made our state less safe and less affordable, and there's been virtually no accountability for the long list of failures we've seen in recent years. Our caucus is focused on developing long-term, results-oriented solutions for the many pressing issues we face in our communities and around the state.

Safety:

Affordability:

Accountability:

  • Protect all constitutional rights.
  • Eliminate title-only, “ghost bills” and increase legislative transparency. | House Bill 2190
  • Respect the will of the voters (I-976) and address transportation revenue shortfalls with existing revenue. | House Bill 2323
  • Impose strict penalties for sewage spills into Puget Sound. | House Bill 2275
  • Implement metrics and performance audits for state spending. | House Bill 2150
  • Require a 2/3 majority of the Legislature to raise taxes. | House Joint Resolution 4206

I encourage you to visit the priorities page on our website to learn more.

Sharing my story at this year's March for Life rally

Earlier this week at the March for Life rally here at the Capitol, I had the opportunity to share my story with everyone in attendance. I hope you'll take a few minutes to listen. The transcript of my remarks is below.

Thank you to everyone for being here today and standing up for unborn children. This is an important issue and your presence means a lot.

This is my first term as a legislator. I've been running my businesses for 16 years and really didn't have plans to run for public office. But looking back, I can see there were many steps in my life that prepared me and led me to this point.

In the same vein, I never really saw myself as someone who would ever be addressing a group at a rally for life. But looking back at my experiences, I was being prepared to talk to you today.

I grew up in Tacoma and was raised in a church that opposed abortion.

[Outside of church] I was bombarded with messages all around me that in order to be a smart, informed, progressive woman, I had to be pro-choice and that was the only way to go – that life was disposable.

I regret I didn't place a high value on life.

I know there are many young women in our community who face an unintended pregnancy, and think abortion is their only option. I want to thank you for surrounding and supporting these young women, and showing them there are other options for them and their baby.

I had to face this dilemma as well.

When I was a sophomore in high school and just 16 years old, I got pregnant, and I was in no position to raise a child. I was still in school, I had a part time job – but I certainly didn't have enough money for a baby – my dad had gone to prison, and my mom was beyond angry with me.

The faith community I was raised in and taught would always be there for me completely shunned me. I knew I had disappointed so many people who believed in me, even my teachers.

But I had a can-do attitude, and I knew I would keep my baby and still achieve my goals of graduating from high school and becoming the first person in my family to go to college.

It was the best decision I could've made.

This path wasn't easy. It was a lot of hard work to be a single mom on welfare putting yourself through college, but I'm one of the most determined people you will ever meet.

I graduated from high school on time. I graduated from college in just over four years. And I have demonstrated to my daughter what discipline, hard work and persistence looks like.

But I couldn't stop there. I needed to break the cycle of poverty in our family. It was my goal that my daughter get through high school and college without being pregnant (or married!), and we reached that goal too.

I'm happy to share that my daughter, Ashton, graduated from WSU with a degree in Communications. She has a great job with the Seattle Mariners, and she turns 27 next month.

She is a beautiful, strong, confident and kind person, and I have a best friend in her.

Thank you for what you are standing for.

House Page Program

Here in the House, students ages 14 to 16 have an excellent opportunity to get involved in their state government by serving as a page for a week. Students in the House Page Program attend page school every day, deliver messages and documents to legislators and staff, and fulfill other tasks critical to the efficient operation of the Legislature.

To apply, students must have a legislative sponsor and obtain written permission from their parents and school. If you know of someone who you think would be a good candidate to serve as a page for a week, please reach out to me at kelly.chambers@leg.wa.gov. To learn more about the House Page Program, click here.

Contacting me

Hearing directly from you helps me do my job more effectively, so please don't hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions or concerns about this year's legislative session or anything else that's on your mind.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,


Kelly Chambers

State Representative Kelly Chambers, 25th Legislative District
RepresentativeKellyChambers.com
426 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
kelly.chambers@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7948 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000