Mike Padden

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane Republicans have chosen a former U.S. Attorney and GOP party leader to help redistrict Spokane County.

Senate Republicans chose Robin Ball, the owner of Sharp Shooters gun shop and the former chair of the Spokane County Republican Party. House Republicans chose Jim McDevitt, a former U.S. Attorney, as their representative in the county's redistricting.

Sen. Mike Padden, who represents Spokane Valley, confirmed the nominees Tuesday.

Courtesy of Mike Padden

Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) is running for another term in the Senate in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. His opponent is former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley.

In this interview, Padden talks with Doug Nadvornick about the issues he considers most important for the 2021 legislature, about his support for a special session. Doug also asks his positions on other issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Felony DUI Bill Clears Washington Senate

Apr 18, 2019
Senate Republican Caucus

The Washington Senate has approved a bill that would make it easier for put repeat drunk driving offenders behind bars.

Current state law allows prosecutors to charge someone with a felony if they incur a fourth DUI during a 10-year period. Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden’s bill would extend that so-called “look back” period to 15 years.

Monroe Monitor

Some Spokane area lawmakers are touting a new remote testimony pilot project to enable local citizens to testify at Senate hearings.

The idea behind the remote testimony is to allow local citizens a chance to give input in real time at hearings in Olympia without having to travel all the way across the state.