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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March 15, 2024

The people set the pace for the 2024 session, and the Legislature followed

The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers March 15, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, This was the year the people started taking Olympia back. That’s how I sum up this year’s legislative session. And it certainly was refreshing to see! This session demonstrated how powerful...
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March 14, 2024

Greenhouse gardening gets a boost as Short bill is signed into law

OLYMPIA – A bill from Sen. Shelly Short that boosts individual and community greenhouses was signed into law Wednesday, inspired by shortages of food and produce that occurred during the COVID pandemic. Short’s greenhouse legislation clears up an oversight in state law. When commercial growers put up temporary greenhouses, they are exempted from state building...
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March 08, 2024

Climate agenda may cost you more than $20,000

The following op-ed appeared in the Cheney Free Press and other Eastern Washington weeklies March 8, 2024. By Sen. Shelly Short Eleven years ago, when we started debating the climate agenda in Olympia, I sat on a study committee we called the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup and asked an unpopular question: How much good will...
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March 07, 2024

Three initiatives pass Legislature – three more are headed to ballot

The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers March 7, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here. Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today we adjourn our 2024 legislative session, and this is my last chance to tell you about one of the most interesting votes I have ever seen in the Washington Legislature....
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February 22, 2024

Three initiatives to get hearings in Olympia

The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers Feb. 22, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here.   Dear Friends and Neighbors,   We’ve had a big surprise at the statehouse. There will be legislative hearings on three of the six initiatives submitted by the people this year to the Washington Legislature....
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February 12, 2024

Short bills simplify land-use laws, relax restrictions on rural stores

OLYMPIA – Three bills from state Sen. Shelly Short simplifying state land-use laws have been approved by the Washington State Senate. The measures make state rules more flexible, allowing larger stores and restaurants in rural areas, making it easier to build rural fire stations, and reducing obstacles for small cities and counties that wish to...
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