Meet our newest members

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Meet our newest members

Meet Leonard Christian, Graham Hunt and Jesse Young – the newest members of the House Republican Caucus!
With three members leaving the House for one reason or another, three appointments were made by counties across the state to fill these open seats. Meet our newest members of the House Republican Caucus…christian

Rep. Leonard Christian will finish the term of Larry Crouse in the 4th Legislative District, who resigned his term due to health reasons. His legislative priorities include: limiting the tax burden on the public, keeping state spending under control and making government more service-oriented toward the people of Washington. He serves on five House committees: Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology; Capital Budget; Government Operations & Elections; and Labor & Workforce Development.

Christian graduated from Ferries High School and served more than 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He now works as a Realtor and lives in the Spokane Valley with his wife. They have two children and one grandchild. Watch his first legislative video update. You can sign up for his e-mail updates here.

huntRep. Graham Hunt steps in to complete the term of Gary Alexander in the 2nd Legislative District. His legislative priorities include: veteran's affairs, health care affordability, mental health issues and small business growth. Hunt serves on five House committees: Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services; Health Care & Wellness, Labor & Workforce Development; and Business & Financial Services.

Hunt has most recently served as an Orting city councilman. Hunt has an extensive military background and served in the Air Force for nearly 10 years before moving to Washington state in 2005. He graduated from American InterContinental University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He now runs a local insurance company and lives in Orting with his wife Lynda and their three children. Watch a video in which he is introduced by his seatmate, Rep. J.T. Wilcox. You can sign up for his e-mail updates here.

youngRep. Jesse Young comes in to fill the position left when Jan Angel was elected to the state Senate for the 26th Legislative District. His legislative priorities include: an effective transportation system that includes ferries, creating job opportunities in the technology sector in the 26th District, and health care solutions for Medicaid and mental health. He serves on four House committees: Community Development; Housing & Tribal Affairs; Early Learning & Human Services; Government Operations & Elections (as the Assistant Ranking Republican); and Transportation.

Young moved to Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood with his brother and single mom at the age of three. The family at times found themselves homeless. Young graduated from Wilson High School as Valedictorian. He worked his way through the University of Notre Dame and graduated from there with a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems. He is now a technology consultant and lives in Gig Harbor with his wife and five children. You can watch his speech on Children's Day here. You can sign up for his e-mail updates here.

Photos of our newest members in action:

20140122_LegWA_0055ab  20140122_LegWA_0016sc  20140120_LegWA_0540ab  20140121_LegWA_2002ab  Rep. Christian on House floor  Rep. Jesse Young with colleagues at a committee hearing


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