Rules Committee, Washington House of Representatives

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The Rules Committee is a standing committee of the Washington House of Representatives.

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 Rules Committee considers all bills reported from policy and fiscal committees and determines whether, and in what order, to schedule their consideration on the floor of the House. The Rules Committee also reviews, adopts and schedules consideration of floor resolutions.

(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]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Rules Members, 2015
Democratic members (13)Republican members (10)
Frank Chopp, ChairLarry Haler
Jessyn FarrellMark Harmsworth
Kristine LyttonPaul Harris
Joan McBrideJoel Kretz
James MoellerDan Kristiansen
Tina OrwallShelly Short
Eric PettigrewMelanie Stambaugh
Chris ReykdalJ.T. Wilcox
Cindy RyuJesse L. Young
Larry SpringerHans Zeiger
Pat Sullivan (Washington)
Gael Tarleton
Kevin Van De Wege


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed January 25, 2014 (Rule 23)
  2. Washington State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed January 25, 2014(Rule 25)
  3. Washington State Legislature, "Rules," accessed March 25, 2015
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.