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Jim WalshREPRepublican State Representative, District 19
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James W. Walsh (born 1964) is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives.Walsh attended Amherst College, graduating cum laude in 1986. He formed a small publishing company in 1998 that he continues to operate today. He lives in Aberdeen with the youngest of his five children, who attends school in the area. His wife was killed in a car crash on October 24, 2022, after she swerved into the lane of a logging truck on Highway 101.He was first elected to the state legislature in 2016. He represents the 19th Legislative District, including parts of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Thurston and Lewis counties.As a Representative, Walsh actively focuses on issues related to economic development, rural issues, culture wars and personal freedom. He has a very popular weekly legislative Q&A video series with over 26,000 followers.In October 2018, roughly two weeks before the elections, Walsh was sued by two constituents for banning them from his Facebook page. The constituents argued that Walsh's actions constituted a violation of their first amendment rights. Walsh countered that they were blocked from his page for defaming his supporters and specifically bashing on Christians, claiming he had warned them to stop their disruptive posts on multiple occasions before finally removing them. The chief plaintiff in the lawsuit, Jeff Nichols of Montesano, was the outgoing chair of the 19th Legislative District Democrats at the time.In 2021, Walsh wore a yellow Star of David (the symbol that Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust), likening individuals who force others to get the vaccine to fascists in Nazi Germany. Walsh said, "In the current context, we’re all Jews." The Seattle-based Holocaust Center for Humanity said that Walsh trivialized the Holocaust and distorted history.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
Amherst College
BA English/Classical Languages
1986
Past Positions1 - 3 of 3
Representative
Washington State House of Representatives
2017 - Current
Columnist
Aberdeen Daily World
Current
Owner
Silver Lake Publishing
1998 - Current
Other Experience1 - 16 of 16
Board Member
Washington Republican Liberty Caucus
Current
Chair
Grays Harbor County Republican Party
Current
Chair
Political Operations Committee, Washington State Republican Party
Current
Member
Coastal Caucus Task Force, Washington State Republican Party
Current
Member
Saint Mary's Catholic Church
Current
Vice Chair
Washington State Republican Party
2014 - Current
Former Assistant Ranking Minority Member
Business and Financial Services Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Assistant Ranking Minority Member
Transportation Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Assistant Ranking Minority Member
Education Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Assistant Ranking Minority Member
State Government & Tribal Relations Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Legislative Task Force on Water Supply, Washington State Legislature
Former Member
State Government & Tribal Relations Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Member
Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Member
Capital Budget Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Member
Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Former Ranking Member
State Government and Tribal Relations Committee, Washington State House of Representatives