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Republican state Rep. Larry Hoff won’t seek third term in Legislature

18th District lawmaker says he’ll focus on family, fishing

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 14, 2022, 4:30pm

State Rep. Larry Hoff announced Monday he will not run for a third term in office in November. Hoff, R-Vancouver, represents the 18th District.

“I am deeply honored to have had this opportunity to represent and serve the community I have called home for more than 40 years,” Hoff said in a press release. “I have given it my all every day, working on behalf of my constituents and developing public policy in a bipartisan manner for the benefit of all Washingtonians.”

Hoff was named ranking member of the House Labor and Workplace Standards committee after his first term. The Washington Farm Bureau named Hoff its 2021 Legislator of the Year in the state House of Representatives.

Hoff said he plans to focus on his family, especially his grandson, and was looking forward to spending time fishing, hunting and making memories.

“From day one, I have strived to bring common sense to Olympia,” Hoff said. “I have fought hard against onerous regulations while advocating for policies to help keep our state competitive, grow jobs, revitalize struggling communities, and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Fellow lawmaker and House Republican state Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, said Hoff is a relentlessly hard worker who takes his role as a full-time legislator seriously.

“There are not many people I respect more in the Legislature than Larry Hoff,” Wilcox in the press release. “Not only has he been our leader on labor issues, but he has also worked diligently to make life more affordable for Washington families as a member of the Appropriations Committee.”

Wilcox said Hoff pushed to expand apprenticeship programs, maximize awareness of tuition and grants, and increase support for trade schools.

“In order to be successful in this job, you must be fully committed to public service,” Hoff said. “While there will be long days and even longer nights, serving in the Legislature is a noble venture that is incredibly rewarding when you put in the time and effort. There is no better feeling than being able to help someone who has nowhere else to turn. That has been my favorite part of the job and what I will miss most.”

Hoff also served on the Legislative Ethics Board, the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee and I-900 Subcommittee, the Washington State Building Code Council, and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.

Hoff said he hopes he is remembered most for his dedication to his district, his work ethic, and his willingness to work across the aisle.