Meet Sam Hunt
The 22nd District is the center of the South Sound and includes the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater as well as unincorporated northern Thurston County, including Cooper Point, Boston Harbor, Johnson Point and part of the Nisqually Delta. It is the home of The Evergreen State College, Saint Martin’s University, and South Puget Sound Community College. It also includes the North Thurston, Olympia, and Tumwater school districts.
Senator Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and is also a member of the Ways & Means and Early Learning & K-12 Education committees. In addition, he the serves on the Legislative Oral History Advisory, Capitol Campus Design Advisory, Public Records Accountability and Exemptions and Public Records Committees, and the Washington-Hyogo Friendship Council. A former member of the Washington State Historical Society Board and Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy Trustees, Sam volunteers with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, working to promote and improve civility among members of state legislatures.
In 2017, Sam chaired the Council of State Governments West, an organization composed of legislators from the 13 western states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and several Mexican border states. He is national Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments, which works with legislators and state elected officials across the nation.
A graduate of Washington State University, Sam was a schoolteacher in Pasco (where he also served as a city council member and mayor pro tempore) and Montesano. He also worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, served as staff director for the Washington Senate Majority Leader, was education advisor to Governor Booth Gardner, and served as legislative director at the Department of Information Services. He is a former member of the North Thurston Public Schools board of directors.
Sam is a longtime resident of Olympia, and his two children and their families live in Olympia.
Some of Sam's legislative accomplishments include:
- Several bills to reduce use of mercury in our environment
- Online voter registration
- Statewide vote by mail
- 2020 presidential primary election legislation
- Providing for increased funding of Intercity Transit
- Allowing for credit freezes for children under 16 years old
- Reducing misuse of disability parking permits
- Establishing the Legislative Oral History Program
- Encouraging use of Washington-grown food in state facilities
Funding for numerous local projects:
- Seminar 2 Building at The Evergreen State College
- Several buildings at South Puget Sound Community College
- Interstate 5 traffic study between DuPont and Littlerock (in process)
- Study for ferry passenger service between Olympia and Seattle (in process)
- Renovation of the brewhouse at the old Olympia Brewery
- Renovations to the seawall and Olympia Boardwalk
- Support for numerous local projects such as The Olympia Center, Hands-On Children’s Museum, Capitol Theater, Lacey Veterans’ Center, Boys and Girls Club, Community Youth Services, and many more.