Rep. Robert J. Sutherland takes oath of office, sworn in as 39th District state representative

Rep. Robert J. Sutherland, R-Granite Falls, was officially sworn into office as a state representative today by Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson to serve the 39th Legislative District.

His priorities include working hard to cut through government bureaucracy to stop ever-increasing property taxes on homes; to make communities and schools safer; to dramatically improve the state's transportation system, especially along the I-5 corridor, WA-9, U.S. Route 2; SR-522 and WA 20; and to encourage small business growth to boost local economies and produce living wage jobs.

“It's an honor to represent the people and communities of the great 39th District,” said Sutherland. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find commonsense solutions to ensure my legislative priorities are achieved.”

Republican leadership selected Sutherland to serve on the House Appropriations, College and Workplace Development, Public Safety (as assistant ranking Republican), and Rules committees.

“There is a great deal of work ahead as we start the 2019 session, including writing a biennial budget which keeps the 4-year balanced budget in check. I'm jumping into my committee roles with my sleeves rolled up and ready to work,” voiced Sutherland. “I'm a scientist. It's not about putting a band-aid on the problem. It's about finding that two percent everyone can agree upon to find the right solution. Our state faces real problems that deserve more than a band-aid-type quick fix. I'm confident my committee assignments will allow me to work proactively for our district, and the people of Washington state, in finding results to the issues before us.”

The Appropriations Committee considers the operating budget and related legislation, budget processes, and fiscal issues such as pension policy and compensation. The committee also considers bills with operating budget fiscal impacts.

The College and Workforce Development Committee considers issues relating to the state's public and independent baccalaureate colleges and universities, public community and technical colleges, and private career schools. The committee also covers issues including the governance and coordination of higher education, financial aid, tuition, distance learning, workforce development, apprenticeships and the licensing of private colleges and career schools.

The Public Safety Committee considers issues relating to law enforcement agencies, crime prevention, criminal penalties and sentencing, impaired driving, registration and civil commitment of sex offenders, adult correctional programs and institutions, and state and local government preparedness to respond to public safety emergencies.

The Rules Committee considers all bills reported from policy and fiscal committees and determines whether, and in what order, to schedule their consideration on the House floor. The Rules Committee also reviews, adopts and schedules consideration of floor resolutions.

Sutherland can be contacted via email at or by phone at (360) 786-7967. His legislative assistant is Jaime Rowland. Their office is located at 405 John L. O'Brien Building on the Capitol campus.

The legislative session began today, Jan. 14, and will last for 105 consecutive days.


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