About Rep. Tom Dent
Tom has been a Columbia Basin resident most of his life. 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 and industry. Tom lives with his family on the Flying T Ranch, located seven miles NE of Moses Lake, raising bison and producing hay.
Sworn into office in 2015, Tom represents the 13th District, which includes Kittitas County, as well as parts of Grant and Yakima counties. He currently serves on the Human Services, Youth and Early Learning Committee, the Transportation Committee and is the ranking member on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Tom also serves on several special legislative committees and caucuses.
His legislative priorities include wildfire prevention through improving forest health, and increasing our initial attack resources for fire suppression; agriculture issues including promoting increased trade, protecting pesticide use and water resource management; and as a career aviation professional the protection and expansion of our aviation infrastructure and increased aviation workforce training.
Tom cares deeply about providing a safe and positive environment for young people, and as a parent, former foster parent, grandparent, and great grandparent he is passionate about all kids growing up with 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.