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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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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February 12, 2024

Property tax hike is blocked in Senate

The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers Feb. 12, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here. I was proud to stand with the Senate Republican Caucus last week as we sounded the warning about SB 5770. At a time when the state has an affordable housing crisis, this massive increase in...
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February 01, 2024

Six-pack of initiatives drives the agenda in Olympia

The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Shelly Short’s subscribers Feb. 1, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Short’s e-newsletters, click here.   Dear Friends and Neighbors, This is the year the people are fighting back! The people of Washington are sending a stern message to Olympia with six initiatives that demonstrate their frustration with the...
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January 22, 2024

Sen. Short: Initiatives are people’s safety valve

In this video update, Sen. Shelly Short discusses the latest initiatives to be certified for consideration by the 2024 Legislature, a reflection of public frustration with Olympia. Of six presented to the Legislature, three have survived signature checks by state elections officials. These measures are Initiative 2117, repealing the cap-and-trade law that has driven up...
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January 15, 2024

Another session, another proposal for a massive tax increase

In her first video update from Olympia of the 2024 legislative session, Sen. Shelly Short puts the 7th District on alert about a proposal that would allow annual growth in property taxes to triple. Also, an initiative restoring the ability of police to chase fleeing suspects qualifies for consideration by the Legislature, and may advance...
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