About Shelly Short

Shelly Short, R-Addy, represents Washington’s largest legislative district, encompassing all or part of seven counties in North Central and Northeastern Washington – Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens. A resident of the district for more than 30 years, Short is a champion of its rural lifestyle, its agricultural and water needs, and its desire for greater employment and recreational opportunities. She is a voice for individual rights, improved services for rural areas, affordable energy, a sound business climate and entrepreneurship, and the sensible management of natural resources for beneficial use.

Short was elected to the state House in 2008 and moved to the Senate in 2017. She serves as Republican floor leader, a key position on the Senate Republican Caucus leadership team, coordinating motions and other tactics during Senate floor debate. She is a member of the Senate committees on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks; Environment, Energy and Technology; Local Government, Land Use and Tribal Affairs; and Rules. She also is a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee and the Western Legislative Forestry Task Force.

Short was born and raised in the Spokane Valley, and attended Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University. She spent her early career as a legal secretary and paralegal. Her involvement in public policy began in 1995 when she opened the Northeastern Washington district office for U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt. In the Legislature, Short quickly distinguished herself on energy issues, representing House Republicans in early discussions of climate-related energy legislation, and she remains a leader in the effort to protect affordable electricity and Washington’s low-cost energy advantage. Short has been recognized for her work by the Washington Farm Bureau, the Hunters Heritage Council and the National Federation of Independent Business. Hobbies include skeet shooting, horseback riding, and woodworking. She lives in Addy with her husband Mitch. They have two grown children.




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