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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 letter takes Governor’s budget proposal to task – previous budget decisions were “indefensible”
Members of both the House of Representatives and Senate hold a Joint Education Task Force Meeting, May 11th, 2016.
Braun letter takes Governor’s budget proposal to task – previous budget decisions were “indefensible”
In advance of the Governor’s budget submittal due in December, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, sent the attached letter to the director of the Office of Financial Management. The letter seeks to ensure that recent collective bargaining agreements (CBAs),that were conducted in secret, are financially feasible as required by law. The...
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Braun recognized as “Outstanding Legislator” by National Federation of Independent Business
Sen Braun outstanding legislator 2016
Braun recognized as “Outstanding Legislator” by National Federation of Independent Business
Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, was one of only three state senators with a 100-percent pro-small-business voting record for 2015-16, making him a Guardian of Small Business, according to the legislative scorecard released this week by the state’s largest and leading small-business association. The National Federation of Independent Business also recognized...
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Braun renews call for transparency as secret negotiations begin on state-worker contracts
Senate Transportation Committee, Jan. 27, 2016.
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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