Thank you for participating in my 7th annual listening tour!

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September 12, 2023

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week, I concluded my seventh annual 12th District listening tour. Traveling throughout our district with my staff has become a tradition every fall, the time of year when legislators begin planning for the upcoming legislative session. This year’s listening tour was split between the eastern and western portions of the new 12th District. The first portion of the tour was dedicated to Chelan and Douglas counties. The second portion of the tour was structured for the King and Snohomish counties portion of the district. I enjoyed many stops and visits with communities to discuss issues important to residents and local officials.


Monroe Town Hall

This year’s listening tour included a chamber lunch in Sultan, Town Hall in Monroe, stops in Fall City, Carnation, Wenatchee and more. This photo was taken at the Monroe Town Hall “Listening Session” where we discussed state budgets, education funding, nurse staffing, transportation projects, election integrity, and other issues. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Listening tours have become an annual tradition

Past listening tours have taken me all throughout the 12th District and helped connect me with issues important to our legislative district with visits to several communities, such as Leavenworth, Cashmere, Quincy, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Pateros, Twisp, Chelan, Grand Coulee, Bridgeport, Waterville, Rock Island, Mansfield, and Mazama. Many of these areas are no longer within the 12th District boundaries, which is why last year I made stops in Skykomish, Gold Bar, Sultan, Monroe, Carnation, and North Bend. This year’s tour included opportunities for all counties in the 12th District. It is always helpful to hear directly from you, the people I serve, on issues important to your community. During this year’s listening tour, issues that were discussed included the state budget, transportation, human services, education, land use, wildfire, outdoor recreation, and more. This feedback will be very helpful for me when casting important votes in Olympia.


Listening to you helps me serve you better

Hosting a listening tour each year allows me to hear directly from you in preparation for the upcoming session. Ideas shared during past listening tours have even turned into successful legislative action. A few examples: a suggestion by Leavenworth officials to dispose of brush and yard clippings resulted in a bill that became law in 2018. A funding request related to the Saddle Rock trail in Wenatchee became reality when it was included in the state capital budget two years ago, and a road-paving project to a popular fishing location in Okanogan County was recently funded. Improvements to the Wenatchee Community Center, Sultan’s Mountain View Park, and Monroe’s municipal facility were also successfully funded. All were ideas discussed during past listening tours. The information shared with me this year in our communities is so valuable to me and could also lead to legislative action. Besides legislative ideas, I also collect helpful comments that prepare me to make better decisions in Olympia.

Evergreen Health

Thank you for supporting another year of my annual listening tour. This year’s tour took me throughout the 12th District, including a visit to EvergreenHealth Monroe to tour their facilities and hear more about challenges affecting the healthcare community in Snohomish County. A special thank you to all of the hardworking people who help deliver our healthcare services.

Looking ahead to the 2024 legislative session

As I reflect upon discussions from this fall’s listening tour and look ahead to the legislative session, I will be better prepared to represent us in the Senate. When legislators convene in Olympia in January for the 2024 legislative session, the primary focus will be making adjustments to the three budgets for the 2023-2025 biennium. This two-year period covers July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025, so the upcoming session is a mid-budget period. Last session, legislators approved all three budgets. These budgets, as currently approved, include the operating budget ($69.8 billion), transportation budget ($13.5 billion), and capital budget ($9.0 billion). In addition to adjustments to the state budgets, lawmakers will also be considering approval of new laws and adjustments to existing laws. While traveling to Olympia during the session can be a long trip, I welcome your visit.

Sun Dial

The 2024 Legislative Session begins on January 8th and is scheduled for 60 days. If you have any questions about legislative issues during session, please contact me.

Thank you for your support

I hope you were able to participate in this year’s listening tour. The visits to communities in the 12th District were fantastic, and I look forward to many more. The encouragement and support have been terrific throughout my seven years of listening tours. Whether you were able to participate this year or not, please know that my position exists to serve you. If you have any questions, please contact me at Please call our Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 if you need immediate assistance. Like and follow me on Facebook @SenatorBradHawkins for my latest updates.



Brad Hawkins


State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District


P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000