Sam Hunt was elected to represent the 22nd District of the Washington Senate in 2016 after serving 16 years in the state’s House of Representatives. He is the chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee and is also a member of the Ways and Means and Early Learning and K-12 Education committees. In addition, he chairs the Legislative Oral History Advisory Committee and serves on the Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee and the Washington-Hyogo Friendship Council. A former member of the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees, Senator Hunt volunteers with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, working to promote and improve civility among members of state legislatures. In 2017, he chaired The Council of State Governments West, and in 2018, he was elected national vice chair of CSG. Senator Hunt is a graduate of Washington State University and was a schoolteacher before beginning his public service work. He lives in Olympia with his family.