Rep. Harris takes oath of office, begins 13th year in the Legislature

Rep. Paul Harris officially took the oath of office, Monday, to begin serving his seventh two-year term as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. Harris, R-Vancouver, who represents the 17th District in southwest Washington, was sworn in with the other 97 state representatives in-person on the House floor.

This is the first time the House has convened a legislative session in person since 2020, due to the pandemic.

“It’s great to be back in Olympia to do the work of the people in-person again,” said Harris, who was reelected in November. “The two-plus years of the pandemic were trying for everyone. Now that it’s mostly behind us, I look forward to working across the aisle to create positive outcomes for the people of Washington.”

For the next two years, Harris will continue to serve as the House Republican Caucus Chair and will be a part of four House committees. He continues to be on the Appropriations, Healthcare and Wellness, and Rules committees. Additionally, he will now serve on the House Education Committee.

“There are so many issues we need to work on this session,” added Harris. “We need to come together – not just physically but also philosophically – to create real solutions for the entire state. We need to work together as lawmakers to truly find the best way to move forward and help those who are struggling.”

The 2022 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 9, and is scheduled to last 105 consecutive days.


Washington State House Republican Communications