Rep. Drew Stokesbary was born and raised in the South Puget Sound, growing up in the shadow of Mt. Rainier and graduating from a local public high school.
He earned he Bachelor of Science from Duke University, where he studied Economics, Mathematics and History, before returning home to Auburn to work on Republican campaigns. Inspired by leaders like Rob McKenna and Slade Gorton, Drew enrolled in law school at the University of Notre Dame, eventually graduating cum laude. After law school, Drew moved home to Auburn once again, passed the bar exam and spent several years serving as policy aide for a King County Councilmember.
Drew was encouraged by Republicans and local leaders to run for the State Legislature, where he has represented the 31st District since 2015. He serves as the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, which considers spending bills and the state operating budget, and sits on the House Finance Committee, which considers bills related to state and local taxes. For the past year, Drew also served as Chairman of the Select Committee on Pension Policy, which is responsible for studying, reviewing and recommending state pension policies.
He is also a member of several other “outside” committees, including the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (responsible for examining the effectiveness of tax preferences), the Caseload Forecast Council (responsible for forecasting the entitlement caseloads for the state), the Pension Funding Council (responsible for setting economic assumptions and pension contribution rates for the state’s 11 pension plans), the Expenditure Limit Committee (responsible for determining and adjusting the state expenditure limit), and the Joint Committee on Employment Relations (responsible for consulting with the governor on matters related to collective bargaining with state employees).
Drew has also been a member of the House Republican Leadership team since first being elected by elected by his peers at the start of his second term. He has also served as Republican Floor Leader and Co-Chair of the House Republicans’ campaign committee.
Outside of the Legislature, Drew is an attorney. He is the managing member of Stokesbary PLLC, a boutique law firm in Sumner that provides corporate law and securities counsel to startups and emerging companies in the Puget Sound region and around the world. In 2020, Drew co-founded and launched Citizen Action Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining, defending and providing the means to preserve the individual constitutional rights of all Washingtonians. He is also a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Auburn Valley YMCA.
Drew has been married to his wife Ashley for 14 years. Together they have three boys, Jack (age 8), Eli (age 6) and Walker (age 1), and fetch-obsessed border collie named Scout. When Drew isn’t working, he enjoys hiking and camping throughout Washington with his family.