Dear Neighbor,

It's an honor to represent one of the most beautiful parts of Washington State. Rural Washington has unique challenges and opportunities that differ greatly from the Puget Sound and other urban areas of the state.

We need to do everything we can to preserve this special place while continue to increase economic opportunities for working people in Southwest Washington.


In Olympia, this means staying out of the divisiveness and the partisanship to focus on getting results for people here on the Coast. My favorite quote about politics is, "All my life in politics, I have striven to make the necessary working compromise between the ideal and the practical," - Teddy Roosevelt

I focused on the basics last session including getting resources to fight the coronavirus outbreak, a new overpass to help with the rail congestion in Aberdeen, a new satellite police station in Longview, and increased investments in our drug task forces.

We are going to face tough economic times in our next session. I'm ready to do what it takes to keep our businesses open, to keep people as healthy and safe as possible and make sure Washington State (especially rural Washington) continues to be one of the best places in the world to live.



Born in Ilwaco, Dean is a lifelong Washingtonian and a graduate of Wahkiakum High School, Lower Columbia College, and Western Washington University. He is a former county assessor for both Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties, and has lived in the community of Longview since 1978.

First appointed to the legislature in 2004, Dean chairs the Senate Local Government Committee and serves on the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and the Transportation Committee.


As someone who has long been active in civic life, Dean believes that government must work to earn the people’s trust. He encourages both young and old to be involved in their communities and to participate in government, whether at the local, state, or federal level.

Dean and his wife, Debra, enjoy spending time with their son, daughter-in-law, and two young grandchildren.