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
(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 2024 election. However, you are still welcome to contact me anytime.

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My Priorities

Making the safety of our communities a priority

House Republicans remain committed to making public safety a top priority. Washington state is among the leaders in the country in retail theft, auto theft and property crimes. The surging crime crisis is amplified by the fact that Washington is ranked 51st out of the 50 states and District of Columbia for the number of law enforcement officers per thousand residents. We have offered real solutions focused on prioritizing public safety, supporting law enforcement, preventing crime, and helping victims.

Fixing the public safety crisis

Providing meaningful tax relief to working families

The majority party has made life more expensive through new taxes, fees, regulations, and a failure to provide meaningful tax relief. Washington is becoming unaffordable as the cost of living continues to go up for the citizens of Washington as gas prices, inflation rates, housing, groceries, and more increase. My colleagues and I continue to advocate for policies to provide tax relief or reduce the costs of living, and decrease the cost of day-to-day expenses. That includes providing tax relief that will benefit our small businesses, those on a fixed income, and others struggling to make ends meet.

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

Providing a high-quality learning environment for all students

A high priority for me is to ensure all students in Washington have a quality learning environment regardless of their ZIP code. I continue to work on legislation that would help school districts in economically disadvantaged areas build new schools because all children deserve access to a world-class education, regardless of income. It is also critical we address the learning loss and drop in test scores with the pandemic shutdown. Finally, parents deserve a say in their children’s education and have a right to know what is being taught in the classroom. They also deserve the financial and educational flexibility necessary for school choice to become a reality.

Fixing the education crisis

Holding state government accountable

The pandemic amplified concerns regarding the lack of accountability in our executive branch of government and state agencies. Unable to pass emergency powers reform a couple of years ago, that would have restored some balance and trust to state government, has left many citizens frustrated. The majority party has overseen our state agencies for more than three decades. A more accountable and balanced government would allow for a more effective and efficient state government and prevent cost overruns, fraud issues, and improve taxpayer confidence.

See why we need to hold our state government accountable

Meet Joel McEntire

Joel is serving his second term representing the 19th District, which includes parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Wahkiakum, and Thurston counties. His legislative priorities include protecting the valuable fishing, farming, and forestry industries of Southwest Washington. He is also focused on reducing the cost of living, making our...

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