Rep. Eslick selected as ranking Republican on House Human Services, Youth and Early Learning Committee

When the Washington State Legislature convenes in January, State Rep. Carolyn Eslick, R-Sultan, will serve as the new ranking Republican on the House Human Services, Youth, and Early Learning Committee, formerly known as the House Children, Youth and Families Committee.  

Washington House Republicans on Friday announced their ranking member and House committee assignments for the upcoming 2023 legislative session.

The House Human Services, Youth, and Early Learning Committee considers a broad array of issues and services affecting children and families, including early learning, child care, economic assistance programs, developmental disabilities, child and youth development, child welfare services, children’s mental health, at risk and homeless youth, and juvenile justice.

Eslick has been a member of the committee since 2017.  

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the lead Republican on a committee that deals directly with helping our working families, improving early education, expanding child care access, and addressing mental health needs – all issues close to my heart,” said Eslick.

Earlier this year, Eslick was the prime sponsor of a new law that provides state government with additional resources to connect families, providers, and educators with up-to-date information about behavioral health services for young people.

In addition to her new role as a ranking member, Eslick will continue serving on the House Capital Budget Committee.

During the 2022 legislative session, Eslick helped secure more than $7.4 million for the 39th Legislative District, including $1.7 million for the Darrington Wood Innovation Center and $550,000 for improvements and upgrades to wastewater lift stations in Concrete.

“Investing in our infrastructure, particularly in rural Washington, is a key ingredient to helping our local communities thrive and their economies grow,” said Eslick. “We should ensure that Washington taxpayers receive the benefit of good schools; safe, reliable roads and bridges; and access the latest broadband services.”

The fourth-term lawmaker will also serve as a new member on the House Education Committee, which considers issues relating to kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) education.

“Our education system must get back to the basics,” said Eslick. “Too many of our students are graduating without the ability to read, write, and do math at grade level – a problem that was only made worse during the school closures. Our young folks and their parents deserve better.”

The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to convene on Jan. 9.


Washington State House Republican Communications