Rep. Andrew Barkis selected to lead House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee as ranking Republican

House Republican leadership recently selected Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, to serve as the ranking Republican on the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee. The official swearing-in ceremony held today on the House floor confirmed his leadership appointment on the committee.

“I am deeply humbled and honored by the faith House Republican leadership has put in my ability to serve as ranking member of the Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee,” said Barkis. “This leadership opportunity puts me at the forefront to help address the housing and homelessness crisis facing our district, and the state.”

The House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee considers issues relating to community development, veterans, tourism and the government-to-government relationship of the state and Indian tribes. The committee also considers issues relating to housing, including accessibility and affordability.

“I am a state lawmaker with a passion. I want to ensure affordable housing is available to everyone, but sadly, too few options exist in our state. I have dedicated my professional life to this ever-increasing problem. It is now time I take my mission inside the Legislature,” continued Barkis. “We must look for new innovative ideas, increase supply, remove the regulatory burdens driving up costs, and help local authorities find stable financial resources. Seeking these solutions will be one of the many priorities of our committee work this session.”

Barkis also serves on the House Business and Financial Services Committee, which considers issues relating to the licensing and regulation of businesses and professions, and consumer protection relating to motor vehicles, financial services and insurance.

The 2018 legislative session began Jan. 8 and will run 60 consecutive days.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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