Dent named lead Republican on House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

When the 2023 legislative session convenes next month Rep. Tom Dent will have a new committee leadership role. Dent has been named the ranking Republican member on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee (AGNR).

Dent has been serving as the assistant ranking member on the committee.

“I have been very involved in many of the issues before this committee and I have a good relationship with the chair, so this is a good opportunity for me to step in and officially be the lead voice of the caucus on the committee,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “There may be some high-profile issues before the committee in the upcoming session including riparian buffers, water rights and storage, wildfires and forest management.”

Dent will continue to serve on the House Human Services, Youth and Early Learning Committee.

“While I am no longer the ranking Republican on this committee much of my legislative focus will continue to be on our youth, whether it is child care, mental health or foster care,” said Dent.

He will also remain on the Transportation Committee.

“My aviation background provides a unique perspective to this committee. I have a number of transportation and aviation-related issues I want to work on including staying involved in finding a new location for an airport in Washington,” said Dent.

The Legislature convenes on Jan. 9 and is scheduled for 105-days.


Washington State House Republican Communications