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Here you may find information about what I’m doing on behalf of the 20th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate.

It’s a great honor to serve my neighbors in Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark counties. That said, I’m not a career politician and don’t aspire to be one.  It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to seek elected office, after realizing that it wasn’t enough for me to simply talk about the need for employers like myself to get involved in policy-making.

Given my business background I’m pleased to be serving as vice-chair of the Senate’s Trade & Economic Development Committee and as vice-chair of the Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee. In addition to those positions, I am the Senate Deputy Majority Leader.  City and county governments are the backbone of our communities, so I appreciate the opportunity to work on the issues concerning local governments. There is much the Legislature can do to help preserve jobs and attract more employers, in ways that both the business community and organized labor should be able to support. I’m also serving as the vice-chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for developing the Senate’s proposed operating budget and is therefore very much in the public spotlight.

Finally, I’m proud to be a member of not only the Senate Republican Caucus but also the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus that was formed in late 2012. Good ideas aren’t necessarily tied to one political philosophy or another, and our majority coalition’s approach to shared governing and desire for bipartisan cooperation can only help to produce better outcomes for the people of Washington. Thanks for visiting. Please contact me if you have a question or concern about state government and believe I can help.

John Braun

PO Box 40420 Olympia, WA  98504-0420

407 Legislative Building

Office: (360) 786.7638

Latest News

Braun renews call for transparency as secret negotiations begin on state-worker contracts
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Braun renews call for transparency as secret negotiations begin on state-worker contracts
Closed-door negotiations began last week on state-worker contracts for the 2017-19 biennium, and Sen. John Braun hopes it is the last time the talks will be kept out of public view. “Washington does a better job than most states when it comes to open government,” said Braun, R-Centralia. “However, the...
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Sen. Braun’s E-newsletter – May 09, 2016 Sen. Braun’s E-newsletter – May 09, 2016
Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature finally adjourned after a 20-day special session to conclude work on the state’s supplemental budget.  As the lead budget negotiator in the Senate this year, I worked to ensure a sustainable and responsible budget that would allow us to live within our means. I...
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Braun lauds approval of bipartisan budget
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Braun lauds approval of bipartisan budget
Tuesday evening the Legislature approved a supplemental budget, concluding the legislative session. Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, voted in favor of the bipartisan proposal that makes minor adjustments to the state’s two-year operating budget approved last year. “This is a good supplemental,” lead budget negotiator Braun said. “It meets the requirements...
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Governor signs Braun legislation to extend insurance to student volunteers
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Governor signs Braun legislation to extend insurance to student volunteers
Gov. Jay Inslee today signed Senate Bill 6293, sponsored by Sen. John Braun. The new law, which won unanimous legislative approval, will allow businesses to offer industrial insurance to unpaid interns and student volunteers. “This legislation will help expand opportunities for students to gain valuable experience in the workforce,” said...
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