Bruce Chandler is a State Representative for the 15th Legislative District, which covers the eastern portion of Yakima County. He was elected to his first term in 1998 and currently serves on several legislative councils. He is the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and serves on the Appropriations Sub-Committee on General Government.
Rep. Chandler has been a leading voice for anti-gang legislation, which passed the Legislature overwhelmingly. He was outspoken against public financing of political campaigns, and supported a bill that, if passed, would have recorded executive sessions in local government. When he’s not busy in Olympia, he owns and operates a commercial fruit orchard near Granger. He has three grown children.
A Record of Accomplishment
Bruce Chandler has worked on a number of important pieces of legislation for his district, here are a few examples:
- Passed new anti-gang legislation
- Helped pass the new Columbia River management initiative
- Helped pass a new water storage bill to help farmers with irrigation
- Passed legislation to promote more coordinated and effective rural fire protection
Bruce Chandler has received the following awards as a State Representative:
- Legislator of the Decade (2001-2010) from the National Federation of Independent Business
- Friend of the Farm Bureau from the Washington Farm Bureau
- 2008 Key Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government
- 2011 Cornerstone Award from the Association of Washington Business
- 2009 Legislator of the Year Award from the Potato Commission
- 2012 Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business
- 2012 W. Fred Witham Memorial Award from the Yakima Association of Realtors