OLYMPIA — Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, took the oath of office on Jan. 9 for her first term as a state representative for the 17th District.
Surrounded by her family, friends and fellow House members, Kraft was sworn into office by Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson in the House of Representatives chamber.
“As I arrive in Olympia, I am keenly aware the reason I’m here is because of the people who voted for me,” Kraft said. “I’m honored the citizens of the 17th District have trusted me to represent them. We are facing some tough policy decisions this session. The state budget process is our opportunity to set the priorities of the state, including fully funding basic education.”
Along with her other duties at the Capitol, the new lawmaker was appointed as assistant whip by leaders for the House Republican caucus. Kraft will help lead the caucus by working to advance and organize the activities of her fellow caucus members.
“This is a big job for a freshman legislator, I’m really humbled by the faith being placed in me to take on this role,” Kraft said. “This gives me an opportunity to serve my colleagues and help further the work of the caucus.”
Kraft was also selected to serve on the House Capital Budget, State Government and Rules committees.
“I’m excited about all three of these committee assignments,” she said. “In particular, I believe my experience in the private sector working with state agencies will be valuable as we look at ways to make state government more lean and efficient.”
Kraft’s legislative priorities are centered on government accountability and fiscal responsibility. She has owned her own small business working as a consultant helping nonprofit organizations secure funding. Her career also includes several years of working directly with K-12 school districts across the state. This experience led to her understanding of the gaps in education funding and the need for change.
The 17th District includes east Vancouver and central Clark County. Constituents who would like to meet with Kraft are encouraged to call her office and arrange a time for a visit.
Kraft’s office location is 418 in the John L. O’Brien Building on the Capitol Campus. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and office number is (360) 786-7994. Letters can be sent to her office at: P.O. Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600.
Those interested in staying caught up with all of Kraft’s activities at the Legislature can do so by signing up for her email updates.
The 105-day legislative session began today and is scheduled to end April 23.
This information was provided by the Washington State House of Republicans.