Working for you in Olympia!

Welcome to my webpage! I’m Shelly Short, your senator from Washington’s 7th Legislative District.

We live in one of the most spectacular parts of our country, a land of mountains, forests, farms, orchards, lakes and rivers. Our district covers a full fifth of the state, and our issues are different than those of Washington’s urban areas. We cherish our rural lifestyle and the freedom that comes with it. We’re interested in economic growth and prosperity, an affordable standard of living, improved services for rural areas, and greater employment and recreational opportunities for all of us living in this region. What works for Seattle often doesn’t work for us – and we need Olympia to know it.

This is the message I bring to the Capitol as your advocate in the state Senate. I have been honored to represent the 7th Legislative District since 2009. In the Senate, I serve as Republican floor leader, helping shape debate on everything from water to taxation, health care, education and affordable energy. I want to know what you think about the issues of importance to North Central and Northeastern Washington.

If you have a comment about the direction of state government, or you need help dealing with a state agency, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. You can reach me and my executive assistant, Shannon Whitmore, at (360) 786-7612, by email at, or by mail at the address you will find on this page. We are here to serve you – and we put that responsibility first.








Shelly Short

Senator, 7th Legislative District

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News from Sen. Shelly Short

State must step in to preserve local pharmacies State must step in to preserve local pharmacies
Note: The following op-ed appeared in the Cheney Free Press and other Eastern Washington weeklies during the week beginning March 20, 2023. By Sen. Shelly Short In small communities across Eastern Washington, the local pharmacy is a business you rely on. Often it is the only outlet for miles around...
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Income tax ruling betrays people of Washington Income tax ruling betrays people of Washington
Here’s how our state got stuck with a new income tax The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers March 28, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here. VIDEO: Washington’s new income tax may not hit you right away. Currently it applies only to capital gains...
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VIDEO UPDATE FROM OLYMPIA: Latest developments on police pursuit and drugs VIDEO UPDATE FROM OLYMPIA: Latest developments on police pursuit and drugs
  Did the Legislature go too far two years ago when it blocked police pursuits and decriminalized hard drugs? In this legislative update from Olympia, Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, discusses the two biggest debates in the Senate so far this year. On both issues, lawmakers retreated from their positions of...
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Newsmaker Interview: Shelly Short Newsmaker Interview: Shelly Short
The following Q&A appeared on the ShiftWA site, March 17, 2023. Senator Short: “The buck stops with the governor” for his failure to follow the law to provide an exemption to farmers on rising fuel prices. March 17, 2023 / Newsmaker Interview This week’s Newsmaker Interview is with Senator Shelly Short...
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