Rep. Drew Stokesbary elected Leader of the Washington State House Republicans

Rep. Mike Steele elected Deputy Leader

Rep. Drew Stokesbary has been elected Leader of the Washington State House Republicans. The 31st Legislative District lawmaker was chosen for the leadership post during a caucus reorganizational meeting in Olympia this morning, a day after the 2023 legislative session concluded. He succeeds Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, who announced yesterday he was stepping down.   

“I’m incredibly honored that my colleagues have chosen me as the next House Republican Leader. As a lifelong Washingtonian, I know the incredible potential of our state, but too many of our challenges have been exacerbated by single-party control,” said Stokesbary, R-Auburn. “I’m proud that House Republicans are fighting for real solutions to the critical issues affecting our state, including public safety, student performance and tax relief. I look forward to working with the members of our caucus to accomplish great things for the people of Washington.”

The Washington State House Republicans also elected Rep. Mike Steele of the 12th Legislative District as Deputy Leader today. He succeeds Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, who also announced he was stepping down.

“I’m extremely honored and grateful to be chosen as Deputy Leader and look forward to serving all of Washington state, and my constituents, in this new role,” said Steele, R-Chelan. “As Representative Drew Stokesbary steps into the top leadership position, with a phenomenal group of leaders behind him, it will be exciting to see our accomplishments as we continue to prioritize the top public policy concerns of the people we represent.” 

The rest of the elected leadership team remains unchanged:


Washington State House Republican Communications