About Rep. Jim Walsh
Jim Walsh was elected in 2016 to the state House of Representatives and sworn into office on December 8 of that year. He represents the 19th District, which includes parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties. Jim is only the third Republican to represent the district since the 1940s.
Jim's legislative priorities are creating family-wage jobs, adequately funding schools, and protecting taxpayers, property rights and gun rights. He wants to diversify the economies of his coastal communities and bring new opportunities to his constituents. Jim believes an effective local school system is vital to ensure a full economic recovery.
Jim is committed to bipartisanship and finding common-sense solutions in the Legislature. He serves on four House committees, including the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee where he is the ranking member. Jim also serves on the Human Services, Youth and Early Learning Committee, Rules Committee; and Transportation Committee.
Jim graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 1986. He formed a small publishing company in 1998 that he continues to operate today. Jim has also written columns for the Aberdeen Daily World newspaper, coached boys' and girls' basketball teams, and held leadership roles with local and state Republican groups.
Jim lives in Aberdeen and has five children.