Welcome to my website! Here you will find information about our district, the legislation that I have sponsored and co-sponsored, news releases, video updates, and much more.

I have spent a lot of time with citizens around the district. Their message is clear. Businesses and families in Washington cannot survive any more taxation and unsustainable budgets coming out of Olympia. We need to make sure people have jobs, keep our tax rates low, show fiscal responsibility with the state budget, allow businesses to be productive without fighting excessive regulations and provide a quality education for our children.

I encourage you to keep in touch whenever you have questions, comments, or an idea to share. Please call, email me, or send a letter. My door is always open, and I appreciate hearing from people in the 17th District. Whether we meet in-person or virtually, please continue to share your ideas, opinions, and concerns with me. To set up a meeting, please click here. You can also reach out to me via email or phone.

I am grateful and honored the people of our district have sent me to Olympia as their state representative.

Rep. Paul Harris
R-Vancouver
(360) 786-7976  |  paul.harris@leg.wa.gov
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My Priorities

Providing financial relief to Washington taxpayers

High taxes and burdensome regulations have driven up costs for working families in Washington. The majority party passed several new tax increases from 2019 to 2022, including a long-term care payroll tax, a carbon tax, a capital gains income tax, and new transportation fees and taxes. However, they have not provided any meaningful tax relief to Washingtonians in that time.

Learn about House Republican affordability solutions

Prioritizing the safety of our communities

Crime continues to surge in our communities and throughout Washington. Criminals feel emboldened, while law enforcement feels unsupported because of the police reform bills passed by the majority party in 2021. These bills caused a lot of confusion and had serious consequences for public safety. Republicans have offered many solutions to improve public safety, but these ideas have been ignored. This is unfortunate. Public safety should not be a partisan issue.

Learn more about the Republican plan to fix Washington

Addressing the homelessness and housing crisis with real solutions

Years of irrational land use policy and costly building regulations passed have led to a housing availability and affordability crisis. Washington has the fewest number of housing units per household. As a result, 88% of families can no longer afford a median priced home and 46% of all renters are cost burdened paying more than 30% of their income toward rent. We need both short- and long-term solutions to fix this crisis.

Learn more about Republican affordable housing solutions

Empowering parents in their children’s education

As a parent and grandparent, and having served on the Evergreen School Board of Directors, I understand the important role of education in children’s lives. We have great teachers in our communities who continue to help students recover from school shutdowns and learning loss during the pandemic. We need to continue to empower parents so they know what is being taught in their children’s classroom and what is being decided by their school boards.

Learn more about proposals that empower parents

Meet Paul Harris

Paul has called the 17th District home for more than 30 years. He and his wife Lori have been married for 48 years, have five children, and nine grandchildren. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He took office in...

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