INTERVIEW: Newly-appointed Reps. Graham Hunt and Jesse Young talk about their first days in office (audio)

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, took the oath of office today to begin his first full term in the state House of Representatives. The galleries were full of friends and family who gathered to watch the opening ceremonies. 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and honored to be a voice for the people of the 26th Legislative District,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “We have a lot of work to do, and I am excited to work on the issues facing our state, including getting our economy going by fostering job growth, passing a balanced, sustainable budget without raising taxes, and properly funding education.” Rep. Jesse Young, R-26

Young will serve on the following committees: Transportation, Technology and Economic Development, and Rules. “This is an impressive list of committee assignments that bodes well for our district in terms of representation,” said Barry Doll, President of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce.  “It’s good to see his technology expertise highlighted and his position on the Rules Committee shows the standing that Rep. Young has accrued in a short amount of time.”

“I am grateful to the House Republican Caucus leadership for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Young said. “I look forward to leveraging my private sector experience in Olympia and am eager to continue working with my colleagues across the aisle to bring hard work, fiscal responsibility, and opportunity to those who need and desire it.”

Recent Activity Prior to the start of session, Rep. Young has:

  • Met with the commands of the USS Nimitz (CVN68) and Naval Hospital Bremerton to discuss needs of the approximately 4,000 additional soldiers coming to the district.
  • Met with House staff and members of the Narrows Bridge Citizens Advisory Committee to discuss the upcoming bond repayment increases that are scheduled to take affect over the next three years and their impact to tolls.
  • Met with elected delegations from Bremerton, Gig Harbor, and Port Orchard to plan for the shared transportation needs of the West Sound Alliance.
  • Attended the legislative send-off event organized by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce where he discussed his intent to roll out a three step plan combat the pending Narrows Bridge toll increases.

Immediate Upcoming Activity In addition to legislative activities in Olympia, Rep. Young will be: Meeting with a combined delegation of Peninsula and South Kitsap school board district officials and superintendents to discuss upcoming needs, priorities, and to foster a greater working dialog concerning our local schools.

The 2015 legislative session is scheduled to last 105 days. Rep. Young can be reached at his office in 422 John L. O’Brien building of the Capitol Campus or via e-mail at

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Rep. Young’s media:
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