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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

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Regular session recap, next steps
Regular session recap, next steps
Lawmakers are currently in a special session to complete work on education funding and a new state budget. While it’s disappointing we were not able to get done on time, it’s important to understand what happened during the regular session to get us to this point. In January, I sponsored...
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News and notes
News and notes
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to sit down to talk about the budget with The Daily News. State budget update – The Daily News, April 19  I also had a chance to speak with the Centralia Chronicle on a variety of items including funding for local flood protection...
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Economic Sense: Education Equality Act Economic Sense: Education Equality Act
Repairing an Unconstitutional K-12 Funding System Education Equality Act: Ample, Equitable & Student-Centered “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.” – Art. IX, Sec. 1 of the Washington State Constitution. Bottom Line Up Front Unconstitutional...
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Braun says House budget asks taxpayers to pay more for same results
Braun says House budget asks taxpayers to pay more for same results
Sen. John Braun says the 2017-19 operating budget proposal released today by House Democrats asks for $8 billion more from state taxpayers without promising much in the way of improved outcomes. “Demanding that working families and job creators send $8 billion more to Olympia, without expecting much in the way...
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