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. In 2018, she was re-elected to serve another four year term in the Senate.
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. In November 2018, she was elected by her peers to serve as the Republican Floor Leader in the Senate Republican Leadership. She serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Local Government Committee and sits on the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks, Environment, Energy & Technology and Rules Committees. She is also a member of the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee and Western Legislative Forestry Task Force, which are both separate from the Senate Committees.
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 named the 2018 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 Washington Association of Agriculture Educators.
She was a 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.