Rep. Drew Stokesbary was born and raised in Washington state. He spent his childhood growing up in the shadow of Mt. Rainier and graduated from a local public high school.
He studied Economics and Mathematics at Duke University before returning home to Washington. He married his wife Ashley, moved to Auburn, and helped re-elect Rob McKenna as our attorney general. He and Ashley then moved to the midwest where Drew attended law school at the University of Notre Dame and graduated cum laude. After law school, Drew and Ashley returned home to Auburn and Drew spent several years working as policy aide for a King County Councilmember.
Drew has served as State Representative for three terms. In the Legislature, he serves on two standing committees, the Appropriations Committee (responsible for spending bills and the state operating budget) and Finance Committee (responsible for state tax policy). During his second term, he was elected into caucus leadership and rose to become the Minority Floor Leader. Prior to his third term, he was named the Ranking Member on the Appropriations Committee. He also sits on several outside committees, including the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (responsible for examining the effectiveness of tax preferences), the Select Committee on Pension Policy (responsible for studying and recommending policies affecting the state’s public pension system), 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).
Outside of the Legislature, Drew is a practicing 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 across the country. Drew also founded and serves as president of the nonprofit organization Citizen Action Defense Fund, which is dedicated to sustaining, defending and providing the means to preserve the individual constitutional rights of all Washingtonians. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Auburn Valley YMCA and the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee.
Drew and Ashley have been married for 12 years, and they have two young sons, Jack (age 6) and Eli (age 4), and a hyperactive border collie puppy named Scout. When they’re not working, they enjoy hiking and camping throughout Washington.