Mosbrucker chosen as Republican leader of House Public Safety Committee

Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, has received committee assignments for the 2021 legislative session and will serve as the lead Republican of the House Public Safety Committee. The committee considers issues relating to law enforcement agencies, crime prevention, criminal penalties and sentencing, impaired driving, registration and civil commitment of sex offenders, and adult correctional programs and institutions.

“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be named as the ranking member of this committee. Coming from a family with ties in law enforcement, I’ve long wanted to serve on the Public Safety Committee. My father was a Clark County Sheriff’s Department deputy reserve officer. I also carry a badge as a member of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Posse. Public safety is my passion,” said Mosbrucker.

“Public safety is one of the most basic and important elements of government. It’s essential that we keep our streets, neighborhoods and citizens safe. That will certainly be my primary goal,” she added. “At the same time, we need to ensure bad cops are held accountable for their actions. And recognize that a vast majority of law enforcement officers are good, dedicated, hard-working people ready and willing to put their lives on the line to protect others. They deserve our full support.”

Mosbrucker retains a leadership position on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee as assistant ranking Republican. The committee considers issues relating to industrial insurance, unemployment compensation, collective bargaining, family leave, safety and health standards, occupational health, and employment standards such as wage laws and employment discrimination.

The 14th District lawmaker also has been chosen to serve on the House Capital Budget Committee. This committee considers the state capital budget which approves money for the construction and repair of public buildings and for other long-term investments, such as land acquisitions and transfers.

“Our citizens send a lot of their hard-earned dollars to Olympia in the form of taxes. As a member of the Capital Budget Committee, I will be their voice to ensure those dollars are returned to the district for important infrastructure,” said Mosbrucker. “These construction dollars will also bring needed jobs to our local communities.”

Mosbrucker also hopes to secure funding in the capital budget for the completion of a domestic violence shelter in the 14th District.

The committee assignments were issued Friday by the Washington State House Republican Caucus. The legislative session begins Jan. 11 and will largely be conducted remotely due to COVID-19.