State Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch) was appointed by the Energy Northwest Board of Directors to serve on the Energy Northwest Executive Board in October 2003; serving an unexpired term for an outgoing board member. He was elected to a second term in June 2004. From 2004 to 2006 he served as assistant secretary to the executive board. In June 2006, he was appointed to chair the Administrative and Public Responsibility Committee. In June 2008 he was re-elected to another four-year term on the executive board, and again in 2012 for another four year term. In 2010 the committee’s name was changed to Administrative, Energy and Member Services Committee.
Sen. Sheldon was a Mason County Public Utility District No. 1 commissioner from 1999 to 2002. He has served as the executive director of the Economic Development Council of Mason County, a non-profit corporation dedicated to assisting startup businesses; job development (primarily manufacturing), infrastructure planning for utilities, road and higher education, and advocating for an improved business climate. His economic development expertise includes work with Northwest Indian tribes. In addition to his legislative and economic development service, Sen. Sheldon is the general partner in Sheldon Properties, a family owned, 500-acre tree farm on the Olympic Peninsula selling high quality saw logs, gravel and oysters.
As senator for the 35th District, he represents all of Mason and portions of Kitsap, and Thurston Counties. He serves as vice chair of the Energy, Environment and Telecommunication Committee, and on the Senate Transportation Committee and on the Legislative Transportation Committee. Sen. Sheldon also serves as vice chair of the Rules Committee controlling all legislation that comes to the floor for a vote. He was elected by the members of the Senate to serve as president pro tempore of the Senate and presides over the body when the lieutenant governor is unable to preside. He was elected to the Mason County Commission in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011.
Sen. Sheldon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Executive Board Member Since 2003