Appropriations Committee, Washington House of Representatives

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The Appropriations Committee is a standing committee of the Washington House of Representatives. The committee was created through the reorganization of the Education Appropriations and Oversight Committee, the General Government Appropriations and Oversight, and the Health and Human Services Appropriations and Oversight Committee.

Per Rule 23 of the House Rules, committee members of the House of Representatives are selected by the caucus of each party.[1] The chairs of the committees are selected by the majority party caucus.[1] The standing committees of the house have the powers of subpoena, to administer oaths, and to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses. [2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules


The House Appropriations Committee considers the operating budget bill, global fiscal issues such as pension policy and compensation, and bills with larger fiscal impacts. The committee also coordinates the budget development work of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Education, General Government, and Health and Human Services.

(Please note: This is a general description of issue areas considered by committees; not a definitive or exhaustive listing. It is provided solely to assist the public in understanding the general roles of House committees.)[3][4]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Appropriations Members, 2013
Democratic members (18)Republican members (13)
Ross Hunter, ChairGary Alexander
Timm Ormsby, Vice-chairBruce Chandler
Reuven CarlyleJ.T. Wilcox
Eileen CodyVincent Buys
Hans DunsheeCathy Dahlquist
Tami GreenSusan Fagan
Kathy HaighLarry Haler
Zack HudginsPaul Harris
Sam HuntKevin Parker
Laurie JinkinsLiz Pike
Ruth KagiCharles Ross
Marcie MaxwellJoe Schmick
Dawn MorrellDavid Taylor
Jamie Pedersen
Eric Pettigrew
Larry Seaquist
Larry Springer
Pat Sullivan

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