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Granger lawmaker named ranking Republican on WA state House Appropriations Committee

October 22, 2013 J

OLYMPIA – Washington House Republicans have named Rep. Bruce Chandler, a 13-year veteran of the legislature as the next person to lead the caucus’ budget solutions and negotiation committee.

Chandler has served on the House Appropriations Com-mittee seven years since he was elected to represent the 15th Legislative District, which includes eastern Yakima County.

Chandler will replace Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, who served as the ranking member on the House Ap-propriations Committee for eight years. Alexander has announced he will resign from his House seat later this year

“It’s a true honor to be chosen for this leadership position and I will take my new responsibilities very seriously,” said Chandler, R-Granger.

“This role requires a great deal of listening as well as a strong understanding of how the state’s budget affects families across our state every day,” Chandler said.

“I appreciate and respect the hard work that Alexander did for our caucus and our state. He had an influence on this year’s strong bipartisan budget, and House Republicans will continue that by offering solutions that balance our budget responsibly,” Chandler said.

As ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, Chandler will take the lead for the Republicans who serve on the committee, acting as the chief operating budget negotiator for the caucus. He said he will support budget solutions that are fiscally responsible and sustainable, prioritizing education, public safety and the most vulnerable that cannot care for themselves.

“The budget is about more than just numbers – it impacts our families and communities for years to come,” said Chandler.

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