Bipartisan Veterans and Military Families Caucus formed in House
NOTE: News release copied from Rep. Kristine Reeves' website. It can be found here.
For the first time, members of the House of Representatives formed a Veterans & Military Families Caucus. The bipartisan group plans to give veterans, military service members, and their families a unified voice to advocate for the unique issues they face. All members have served in the military, are from a military family or represent a large military population.
“I have spent my career championing issues that impact veterans, military service members and their families. I look forward to continuing this work with a bipartisan commitment to meet the needs of those who have served and sacrificed for their country,” stated Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way). “All of us share a lived experience that connects us to our national security in some way. It's one issue that transcends party lines and focuses on putting people first. This is personal to all of us.”
Reeves, whose twin brother serves in the United States Air Force, currently serves as the Executive Director of Economic Development for the military and defense sector within the Washington State Department of Commerce. Formerly she served as U.S. Senator Patty Murray's Statewide Veterans Constituency Coordinator.
“Serving in the U.S. Navy was the greatest honor of my life. I am thrilled to be joining my fellow veterans on this committee to work on behalf of all active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel across Washington state,” said Rep. Drew MacEwen (R-Union).
After graduating from the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program, MacEwen served in the Navy's submarine force for six years. He first developed his strong bond with western Washington after being stationed at Naval Base Kitsap. He went on to complete five strategic deterrent patrols on two different Ohio-class submarines, the USS Nevada and the USS Florida.
Reeves and MacEwen currently serve as the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, which convenes in the interim to review and address issues pertinent to veterans, military service members and their families. Both will serve as co-chairs of this new caucus. Rep. Mari Leavitt and Rep. Chris Gildon, both newly elected to the state legislature, have been elected to serve as vice-chairs of this caucus.
Photo caption: Veterans and military families caucus, February 14th, 2019. Members from Left to Right: Rep. Gina Mosbrucker; Rep. Mike Volz; Rep. Kristine Reeves; Rep. Matt Shea; Rep. Brad Klippert; Rep. Larry Hoff; Rep. Christine Kilduff; Rep. Chris Gildon; Rep. Jenny Graham; Rep. Robert J. Sutherland; Rep. Cindy Ryu; Rep. Mari Leavitt; Rep. Matt Boehnke; Rep. Vandana Slatter; Rep. Melanie Morgan; Rep. Jeremie Dufault; Rep. Drew MacEwen; Rep. Tina Orwall; Rep. Vicki Kraft; Rep. John Lovick
###Washington State House Republican Communications