Democrat: Term expires January, 2017.
Elective Office: Washington State House of Representatives (19th District), 1994-2004; Appointed to the Washington State Senate, 2006; Elected in 2007 and 2008.
Related Legislative Experience: Liaison for Legislative and Community Relations to Lieutenant Gov. Brad Owen, 2004-2006; legislative assistant to Sen. Arlie DeJarnatt and Sen. Sid Snyder, 1989 to 1994.
Education: B.A. in public administration, Washington State University; A.A. in political science, Grays Harbor College.
Special Committees, Councils and Boards: Joint Select Committee on Junior Taxing Districts; Municipal Corporations and Local Government Finance; Council of State Government Legislative Council on River Governance Committees; Community Economic Revitalization Board 2007 – present; Coastal Caucus Chair 2007 – present and 1997-2004; Western Legislative Forestry Task Force 2000-2004; Washington State Tourism Advisory Council 1998-2004; Title & Registration Advisory Committee 1997-2004; 19th District Democratic Chair 1990-1994.
Awards: 2011 Washington State Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year; 2010 Grays Harbor/Pacific County Farm Bureau Leadership Award; Hunter’s Heritage Council, Legislator of the Year, 2009; Washington State Potato Commission Legislator of the Year, 2009; Cowlitz County on the Move “Healthy Lifestyles Champion” 2008; Association of Water & Sewer Districts Legislator of the Year 2008; Safari Club International Legislator of the Year 2003; Washington State Farm Bureau Special Recognition 2008 and 2002; Washington State Association of County Clerks Legislator of the Year 2001; Washington Credit Union League Anchor Award 2001; Pacific County Democrat of the Year 1995-96.
Personal: Brian and his wife Jacqueline have four children (two daughters and two sons). He enjoys canoeing; camping; and participating in, and viewing, all types of team sports