Government Affairs Monthly Update

Jamie Howsley

Jamie Howsley is a land use attorney practicing in Washington and Oregon. He has served as the BIA’s Government Affairs Director since 2011. You can reach Jamie directly via email or call 360.281.1123.

The Government Affairs Committee meets on the second Monday of the month in the BIA office at 3:30 pm.

The general election is only three weeks away, and now more than ever we need you to support the candidates that support us. Although we have a great track record of helping our preferred candidates elected, now is not the time to sit on those laurels.  In this election many safe seats are up for grabs with the potential for incumbents we have had a good working relationship to be defeated. That is, unless we step like we have in the past.

Although we have had some recent success working with elected officials and staff, that momentum and good will could be lost if we don’t get the right people elected. Whether it is condo reform, streamlining the permitting process, consistent inspections or stopping onerous and overreaching regulations, we need our candidates in office to help our industry.

These candidates know our issues and support us; support them with your vote.

  • U.S. Congress, 3rd District – Jamie Herrera Beutler
  • WASL District 187, Pos. 1 – Vicki Kraft
  • WASL District 17, Pos. 2 – Paul Harris
  • WASL District 18, Pos. 1 – Brandon Vick
  • WASL District 18, Pos. 2 – Larry Hoff
  • Clark County Council Chair – Eileen Quiring
  • Clark County Council District 1 – Jeanne Stewart
  • Clark County Council District 2 – Julie Olson

Upcoming GAC Meeting

The next Government Affairs Committee meeting is Monday, November 12 at 3:30 at the BIA offices.  Please feel free to email me at or Ryan Makinster at if you have any issues you would like to raise.