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

Important note: Written communications are subject to disclosure under the Washington Public Records Act.

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July 01, 2023

Read our newsletter about the 2023 legislative session!

I joined with my 7th District seatmates, Joel Kretz and Jaquelin Maycumber, in this report about the biggest stories from Olympia in 2023. In case you missed it in the mail, you can read it here.  
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May 10, 2023

Short bills become law, cut red tape for small cities

Other new laws sponsored by 7th District senator promote bone-marrow donations, clarify liability at hydroelectric dams Two bills sponsored by Sen. Shelly Short reducing the burden of state land-use planning requirements on small cities have been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. That makes a total of five bills passed by Short, R-Addy, during...
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May 01, 2023

2023 offered only temporary break from taxing trend

Note: This op-ed appeared in the Cheney Free Press and other central Washington newspapers the week of April 24. By Sen. Shelly Short A miracle of sorts took place under the Capitol Dome on April 23. The Washington Legislature adjourned its 2023 legislative session without raising taxes. I want to point it out, because I’m...
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May 01, 2023

Legislature makes some progress in 2023, but public safety remains a top concern

No agreement on drugs could force special session Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers April 28, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors: Our 2023 legislative session ended Sunday evening – but some of our biggest debates seem like they are just beginning. This...
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April 12, 2023

Property-tax increases could triple under proposal from Senate Democrats

Red alert for Washington: Suspicious timing shows us this is serious Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers April 12, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Your property taxes increase every year. How would you like it if they grew three times faster? Over...
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April 08, 2023

Short: Rifle ban misses the mark, fails to address root causes of violence

Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, floor leader for the Senate Republican Caucus, released the following statement Saturday after passage in the Washington Senate of a bill banning rifles with magazines of ten rounds or more. House Bill 1240 passed the Senate 27-21, all Republicans voting no. The bill now returns to the House for concurrence on...
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