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1/23/2013 3:28:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Representative Hawkins takes oath

By Michelle Lovato
Lake Chelan Mirror

A week after newly-elected 12th District Representative Brad Hawkins, (R-East Wenatchee) took the oath of office, Hawkins is ready to get to work.

Sworn in to his first term as state representative Jan. 14, Hawkins said he's been preparing for the transition since shortly after he was elected.

"The hole process of transitioning to office has been kind of a blur. When I took my oath of office, my official duties began," he said. "It's been a busy first week. I've had ceremonial activities and policy duties."

Hawkins' attended his first two-day joint session of the house. He first heard former governor Christine Gregoire give her final State of the State address. The next day Hawkins heard Governor Jay Inslee give his first State of the State address."

The freshman legislator is excited about his committee appointments.

"They are good for me and the district. It's the first time since 1978 that a house member from the 12th district has served on the education committee."

Hawkins was assigned to the Education Committee which considers issues relating to K-12 education; the Capital Budget Committee, as assistant ranking member, which considers the state capital budget and approves money for the construction and repair of public buildings; and the Business and Financial Services Committee which considers the licensing and regulation of businesses and professions.

"Most of the work at the first is done in committee," he said. "Before we can debate the bills on the house floor, they have to pass committee."

The learning curve is steep.

"It's like going back to college. I have the responsibility to study up and meet with constituents.

That's the part I really enjoy - people from our home district coming over to see us."

Hawkins feels he understands what his constituents want.

"They want someone whose going to be hard working and honest. If there's an issue that would be beneficial to our area and there is a legislative need, they can call and we can see if we can get that done. If there's something harmful they would expect us to beat the process and protect that area," Hawkins said. "I believe I do represent the values of our district. I'm not going to pretend I know all the answers. I will learn my way through this process through hard work and honesty."

Hawkins has 10 years of school board experience under his belt, which he said is something that gives him a deep understanding of the struggles and challenges of education today.

Hawkins' last school board member experience ended in 2011 when he retired from the Eastmont school board.

"I feel like I can make an immediate contribution to education on legislative matters," Hawkins said. "I can help our districts in that regard."

Hawkins said Washington state now spends 44 percent of its income on education and is mandated to make education a priority.

"The only bill so far I've sponsored or co-sponsored is designed to make sure education funded first before other areas of the budget are funded," he said. "It is our paramount duty to fund education. We should fund that first and with the remaining dollars in the budget, we could fund the rest of the state. I am not advocating for new taxes to fund thing, I just want education to be a priority."

Hawkins feels he has a good grasp on what his constituents want.

As a member of the Capital Budget Committee, Hawkins feels he may be able to further help the education process through State-sponsored matching-fund programs for physical buildings.

Hawkins said he isn't sure if any new legislation will be passed regarding guns in school in Washington.

"There's a lot of discussions here about that," he said. "But it's at the discussion level. It will be interesting to see what bills get introduced on the issue."

Hawkins said Inslee did mention the issue of treating mental issues during his first State of the State address.

"I appreciated that," Hawkins said.

The district includes all of Chelan and Douglas Counties and parts of Okanogan and Grant Counties. Hawkins works at the Douglas County PUD and served on two school boards in addition to having worked on staff at the Washington State Legislature.

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