Jim Honeyford has a proven track record of experienced and trusted leadership in Olympia – working for solutions on issues important the Valley and all Washingtonians.
He has distinguished himself as a leader among his colleagues in writing and supporting legislation and budgets that reduce state taxes, create jobs, improve access to water, keep energy affordable and provide an excellent education for our children.
Jim is 100 percent focused on the needs of our communities and moving the state towards a better tomorrow.
Jim believes that it is important for the state to live within its means – just like your family must. That is why he has viewed taxes as a last resort, and has consistently looked for ways to help our families and employers keep more of what they bring earn.
For nearly 30 years the Democrat majority in the legislature ignored education, choosing instead to focus on increasing the size of government in other areas. Working with a bipartisan coalition in the Senate, Jim Honeyford fought to change that by supporting a new approach that prioritized education, and made college affordability a primary goal.
As one of the chief architects of the capital budget, which invests in our communities, school construction, civic centers, and water infrastructure, Jim Honeyford has been instrumental in driving investments for rural communities.
Jim lead the fight for a solution to the disastrous supreme court decision in the Hirst case, which restricted access to well water and was crippling rural economic development.
The Senate passed a fix to give rural Washingtonians access to water four times, but the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives refused to act.
Jim Honeyford made clear that there would be no capital budget until a solution to Hirst was adopted. Hirst comes first, he said, noting that it was unfair for the state to continue building, while rural property owners could not.
Jim Honeyford has been recognized throughout his career for his work to support Washington’s agricultural community. This includes legislation he sponsored to increase water access for farmers and increase collaboration in our state's food safety.
Jim knows that it can be hard for farmers – especially those with small family farms – to adjust to new and changing federal regulations. Thanks to Jim, local inspectors can help farmers meet their regulatory obligations, instead of just focusing on punishment.
This year, the Legislature passed Honeyford’s bill to allow money earmarked for water-pollution control to be loaned to public wastewater-treatment facilities.
The new law will reduce the burden on city wastewater facilities by providing access to financing for wastewater treatment.
Effective and reliable wastewater treatment is vital to economic growth, especially in rural areas that conduct a lot of agricultural processing like our district.