About Rep. Tom Dent

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Tom Dent has been a Columbia Basin resident for nearly 60 years. He became a professional pilot in 1976, and soon after founded Tom Dent Aviation, which offered aerial application, pilot service and flight instruction for area agriculture. Tom also owns the Flying T Ranch, where he lives 7 miles NE of Moses Lake, which raises bison, and produces and sells hay.

Sworn into office in 2015, Tom represents the 13th District, which includes Lincoln and Kittitas counties, as well as parts of Grant and Yakima counties. He currently serves as the ranking member on the Early Learning and Human Services Committee and as the assistant ranking member on the Rural Development, Ag and Natural Resources Committee. Tom also serves on several special legislative committees and caucuses.

His legislative priorities include preventing wildfires through improving the health of our forest and rangeland and initial attack on fire suppression, agriculture issues including the promotion of increased trade, protecting pesticide use and water resource management. Also, as a career aviation professional he prioritizes the protection and expansion of our aviation infrastructure and increased pilot and maintenance technician training.

Rep. Dent cares deeply about providing a safe and positive environment for young people that allows them to grow up and have the same opportunities available to prior generations to become successful.

Finally, Tom is a passionate advocate for mental health reforms that improve the lives of the mentally ill and assist families in helping their loved ones.