Welcome to my website! Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state representative. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the 19th District.

I am committed to finding common-sense solutions to the many challenges facing Washington state. My focus in the Legislature is pro-jobs, pro-schools, and pro-liberty. A one-size-fits-all approach does not work in Washington state. The extreme politics of Seattle do not work for the communities in the 19th District and the rest of rural Washington.

My family has lived and worked along the banks of the Columbia River for generations. I know what makes our communities unique and I share the values of the hardworking folks of Southwest Washington.

I encourage you to stay in touch and share your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions about our state government. Your input and feedback are important to me as I serve as your voice in the Legislature.

I am humbled to represent the 19th District.

Rep. Joel McEntire
R-Cathlamet
(360) 786-7870  |  joel.mcentire@leg.wa.gov
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Election-year restrictions prohibit me from updating my website until after the November 2022 election. However, you are still welcome to contact me anytime.

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My Priorities

Enacting emergency powers reform and holding state government accountable

The pandemic has amplified concerns we have seen with the lack of accountability in our executive branch of government and state agencies. Citizens across Washington state are frustrated with our state's emergency powers as the governor has been in control for more than two years. However, the majority party has also overseen our state agencies for more than three decades. A more effective and efficient state government will prevent cost overruns, fraud issues, and improve taxpayer confidence.

See what my colleagues and I are doing to hold government accountable

Making the safety of our communities a priority

Republicans provided key votes to restore some balance and common sense to police reforms by rolling back a number of harmful provisions passed in last year’s “police reform” bills. The biggest failure was not restoring the authority for police officers to engage in vehicular pursuits when there is reasonable suspicion. This is a top priority and needs to be addressed moving forward as it will have major consequences for public safety in our communities.

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Providing meaningful tax relief to working families

Missing in the 2022 legislative session was meaningful tax relief. There was a historic $15 billion budget surplus, inflation was running at 7.6%, the highest level in more than 40 years and yet the majority party did not feel that warranted tax relief. Citizens have also been under two years of lockdowns and mandates adding to the financial stress. Any tax relief would have been helpful. It was a missed opportunity to help working families.

Learn how my colleagues and I are working to make Washington affordable

Rep. McEntire discusses bills that promote fiscal fairness for families and schools

Rep. Joel McEntire, R-Cathlamet, tells KBKW's Johnny Manson about a piece of legislation he has introduced that proposes a “working families fiscal note” and another bill that prioritizes small schools in the greatest need to receive capital improvement grants. McEntire also answers questions about the governor's emergency powers and...

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Meet Joel McEntire

Joel is serving his first term representing the 19th District, which includes parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties. His legislative priorities include protecting the valuable fishing, farming and forestry industries of Southwest Washington. Joel was raised in Cathlamet and graduated from Wahkiakum High School, in...

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