About Jim Honeyford

Education

  • Graduated Sunnyside High School 1957
  • Central WA State University, BA 1963, BA 1966, M. ED. 1970
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Central Washington University, June 2017. 

Professional Experience

  • Ellensburg Police Department, Patrolman First Class, 1960-1966. 
    • (Commendation for entering and evacuating a burning hotel, 1964.)
  • 28 years as an educator and coach in Sunnyside Public Schools.
  • Farm owner or operator since 1978.

Elected Experience

  • Sunnyside City Council - 1983-90 
  • Washington State House of Representatives - 1994-98 
  • Washington State Senate -  1998-present
  • Senator Honeyford has served as Caucus Whip, Caucus Chair, and Deputy Floor Leader 
  • Current Vice -President Pro Tempore of the Senate

Current Committee Assignments

  • Ways and Means; 
  • Capital Budget; and 
  • Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development.

Community Service

Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees - 1997-2009

Heritage Caucus co-chair - 1999 to Present

Legislative Building Renovation Oversight Committee - 2000-2005

Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee - 2005 to Present

Historic Courthouse Advisory Committee - 2005 to Present

Oral History Advisory Committee - 2005 to Present

Legislative Ethics Committee - 2006 to Present

Farmland Preservation Task Force - 2007 to 2011

Washington State Arts Commission - 2009 to 2011

Aviation Caucus - 2016 to present

Legislative Honors

National Federation of Independent Business - 1997-98 

Legislator of the Decade, Presented by National Federation of Independent Business - 2001-2010 

WA Association of Agricultural Educators - 2000, 2004 and 2005

Legislator of the Year Presented by “The Washington Farm Bureau” - 2003, 2007 and 2013

CWU College of the Sciences, Social Science, Alumnus of the Year - 2013-2014 

FCS Golden Bamboo Award “Top Legislator” presented by the Filipino Community - 2015 

Civil air Patrol “George Texido Legislative officer of the Year” - 2015 

State Senator of the Year, Citizens Alliance for property rights - 2017