OLYMPIA - Two days after he was appointed to serve as the 13th state legislative district’s newest lawmaker, Alex Ybarra of Quincy was thrusted into the political ring in Olympia. The Republican lawmaker replaces Matt Manweller, a re-elected incumbent who promised to resign in January. Manweller’s career as an educator at Central Washington University and political profession was compromised when he was fired from the university for sexual misconduct. On Monday, Ybarra was selected by commissioners from Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties to fill Manweller’s seat.
“It's a tremendous honor and responsibility to do this kind of work. I was born and raised in Quincy. I love the people and the district,” said Ybarra. “It's incredible to realize I have the opportunity to make a real difference for them in Olympia. My focus will always be on them and how the state government can do a better job providing solutions and outcomes on issues they care about the most.”
Hours into his tenure as a lawmaker, House Republican leadership appointed Ybarra to sit on the House Appropriations Committee. The committee reviews and approves the state’s 2019-2021 operating budget.
House Republican Caucus Leader J.T. Wilcox says Ybarra’s appointment will fortify work of Republicans this session.
“I am very happy to have such a highly qualified person joining our caucus. After reviewing Alex's biography and meeting with him, I decided to add him to the most demanding committee in the House, Appropriations. Ybarra's talents will make an immediate impact,” said Wilcox, R-Yelm.
Ybarra will also be taking a seat on the House Civil Right and Judiciary, and Consumer Protection and Business committees. According to the state’s legislative website, the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee oversees a broad range of legal issues including anti-discrimination measures, constitutional law, torts, probate, commercial law and civil commitments. The Consumer Protection and Business Committee reviews financial service matters, insurance and consumer protection service issues.
Ybarra's office location is 469 John L. O'Brien Building on the Capitol Campus. His email address is Alex.Ybarra@leg.wa.gov and his phone number is (360) 786-7808.
The 105-day legislative session began Monday and is scheduled to end April 28.