A life-long Washingtonian, Shelly is serving her fifth term representing the 7th Legislative District, which includes Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties and parts of Okanogan and Spokane counties.
Shelly was the unanimous choice of the district’s county commissioners to succeed former Sen. Brian Dansel. She went on to overwhelmingly win the 2017 special election for the district’s Senate seat.
Short is a strong leader on energy, environment and regulatory issues and is a recognized local and national leader on climate change and cap-and-trade policy. She serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Local Government Committee and sits on the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.
Shelly has been heavily involved in bringing her district’s concerns about wolves to the state Legislature and is actively working to find solutions to the hardships that many of her citizens are experiencing. She’s an avid advocate for rural Washington and was recently named the 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Hunters Heritage Council, Washington’s largest hunting-rights organization. She was also awarded Legislator of the Year by the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights.
She is a former 4-H leader, has participated in the Colville Valley Gymkhana Club and enjoys skeet shooting, horseback riding, swimming and gardening. Shelly and her husband, Mitch, live in Addy. They have two adult children, Trevor and Brianna.