About Rep. 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 2006. After high school he served a two-year mission in Cleveland, Ohio, which included cleaning up flood damage and other humanitarian services. 

After his mission, Joel served in the United States Marine Corps. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in evolutionary ecology and a master's degree in mathematics education.

Joel worked as a full-time teacher at John C. Thomas Middle School in Cathlamet, where he also attended school. He currently works as a program mentor for Western Governors University and is a Marine Corps reservist. Joel has been married to his wife, Margaret Jean, since 2010. They have three children. Joel enjoys playing competitive chess, hiking up Mt. St. Helens, and spending time with his wife and children.