Representative Jesse Young calls for House Republican unity

Elected service calls for a principled courage that rises above personal and political differences.  Citizens choose their representatives for varying reasons, but foundational to their choice is the expectation that those they elect will work hard and stand up for their rights.  On the Republican side of the Legislature, constituents want us to stand for something and fight, together, to achieve it; not play second fiddle to Democrat agendas.

The increasing rise of political vitriol, recent events, and media speculation of potential legislative actions by the House majority party, however, are now exerting unprecedented influence that could divide state Republican officials and constituents irreparably.  Therefore, a bold call for unity around principles we all hold paramount is needed.

I do not believe in litmus tests and am making no such request here.  Rather, I am asking for each House Republican member to consider joining me in support of this Statement of Republican Unity (SRU), before the 2020 session begins, so that we can together publicly demonstrate our commitment to Republican, constitutional, conservative, and professional principles, and caucus unity.  We must show citizens we are united and will support them!

I, Representative Jesse L. Young, District 26, Position 1:

1. Stand committed to transparency, in all its forms, and the unalienable Constitutional right to due process.  I am affirming my commitment to these principles by:

  • Pledging to oppose any formal House legislative action against Representative Matt Shea until he has had due process to defend himself from accusations made against him by the Rampart Group report. We take an oath to uphold due process rights, and at a minimum Representative Shea should be allowed equal time to respond and defend himself as it took to produce the accusatory report.
  • Pledging to immediately support and co-sponsor House Bill 2190, which seeks to permanently end the use of title-only, “Ghost Bills”.  Submitting bills without actual legislative content, only to add-in the tax-increase language at the last minute, as was done in 2019, stifles public review and political debate.  It is dishonest, disrespectful to Washington citizens, and downright shady.  

Transparency is fundamental to our roles as public servants and this should be the 2020 Legislature’s first order of business.

2. Stand committed to honoring the will of the People as expressed in their passage of Initiative 976 to reinstate $30 car tabs.  I am affirming my commitment to voter rights by:

  • Pledging to immediately support and co-sponsor House Bill 2227, which is the legislative version of Initiative 976.  Voters have spoken and the Legislature should honor the will of the people.

3. Stand committed to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights.  I am affirming my Constitutional oath by: Pledging to vehemently oppose any attempt by the State Attorney General or the House majority party to force through unconstitutional legislation that:

  • Seeks to enforce “red-flag” laws that attempt to eliminate due process rights and the presumption of innocence.
  • Makes or labels any current valid gun owner a criminal.
  • That seeks to ban or eliminate currently legal firearms or accessories.

Finally, I reaffirm my pledge to always fight for families, faith, freedom, and fiscal responsibility!


Jan. 03, 2020


Washington State House Republican Communications