Washington House Republicans have named the next person to lead the caucus’ budget solutions and negotiations. It is Rep. Bruce Chandlera 13-year veteran of the Legislature who has served on the House Appropriations Committee seven years since he was elected. Chandler represents the 15th Legislative District, which includes eastern Yakima County.

Chandler will step in for Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Olympia, who served as the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee for eight years. Alexander has announced he will resign from his House seat later this year.

Chander, a Republican from Granger said “It’s a true honor to be chosen for this leadership position and I will take my new responsibilities very seriously,” said . “This role requires a great deal of listening as well as a strong understanding of how the state’s budget affects families across our state every day. I appreciate and respect the hard work that Gary did for our caucus and our state. He had an influence on this year’s strong bipartisan budget, and House Republicans will continue that by offering solutions that balance our budget responsibly.”

As ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, Chandler will take the lead for the Republicans who serve on the committee, acting as the chief operating budget negotiator for the caucus. He said he will support budget solutions that are fiscally responsible and sustainable, prioritizing education, public safety and the most vulnerable who cannot care for themselves.