A Leader for Small Business and Agriculture
Senator Mark Schoesler represents the 9th Legislative District, which spans part or all of Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, Spokane and Whitman counties. It spans an area that begins just north of Spangle and Rockford to south of Asotin, west to Othello and half of Pasco, and to the Idaho border on the east. Within those boundaries he proudly represents Washington State University in Pullman.
Senator Schoesler was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 and served for 12 years. He was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2004 and serves as the Senate Republican Leader in the Senate Republican Caucus. The senator serves on two Senate committees: Rules, and Ways and Means. He also serves in an appointed position on the Select Committee on Pension Policy.
Senator Schoesler is a fifth-generation dryland wheat farmer in Ritzville, the seat of Adams County, on land his family has been farming since the 1880s. He and his wife Ginger are proud parents of two married children, Veronica and Cody, as well as grandparents to a grandson and two granddaughters.
Representing Eastern Washington interests at the State Capitol in Olympia are both an honor and a privilege. Senator Schoesler takes his responsibility to serve his constituents very seriously, and works very hard with a strong focus on the tasks he was sent to do. The 9th Legislative District is not only one of the largest in the state but one of the most beautiful. Senator Schoesler continues to enjoy his work as a state senator, and does his best to meet the expectations of those who sent him to Olympia to represent them.
Senator Schoesler has been widely recognized for his contributions to the state of Washington and its residents over the past many years. Much of his commendation is a result of Mark’s interest and dedication to agricultural issues as well as his commitment to the prosperity of small businesses. His awards and recognitions include the following:
- Perseverance Award from the Columbia Basin Development League Award (other recent notable recipients: Doc Hastings and Washington Dept. Of Agriculture Director, Derek Sandison)
- Citizens Alliance for Property Rights 2018 Citizen’s Award Winner
- Washington State Fraternal Order of Police 2017 Legislator of the Year
- Maryann Mitchell/Andy Hill Award from the Mainstream Republicans of Washington
- Association of Washington Business “Cornerstone” award, 2007.
- 100 Percent Voting Record on issues important to farmers, Washington State Farm Bureau, 2005.
- Washington State Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year, 2004 and 2010.
- Water and Sewer Districts Legislator of the Year, 2003.
- Washington Association of Agriculture Educators Legislator of the Year, 2001 and 2002.
- Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Member of the Year, 2004.
- Public School Employees President’s Award, 2003-2004.
- Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2012.
- Distinguished Service Award, Department of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, 2004.
- Past Washington Potato Commission Legislator of the Year.
- AWB Cornerstone Award, 1993-98 and 2002-05.