PERSONALLY SPEAKING: SEN. DOUG ERICKSEN (Photo courtesy of Doug Ericksen staff)
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DOUG ERICKSEN By Mike McKenzie, Managing Editor Photo by
fter 12 years (six consecutive terms) in Washington’s lower house as representative to the 42nd district, beginning as an upstart 28-year-old, Republican Doug Ericksen is in his second four-year term since his election to the State Senate in 2010. He serves three committees, chairing Energy, Environment & Communications. The other two: Trade & Economic Development, and Transportation.
He throws Right hooks at Gov. Jay Inslee on all of those fronts. But not just Gov. Inslee. What he perceives as a self-serving Left stirs his passion. Ericksen is known for his boldly outspoken, straight talk on issues. 78 | BUSINESSPULSE.COM
No mincing around, you’ll notice, as he discusses a wide range of political hot buttons over coffee in Ferndale with Managing Editor Mike McKenzie. Things he sees as wrong-doings. Whatcom County Council gerrymandering. Sierra Club’s fund-raising social agenda. Anti-oil and antienergy protestors. “We do energy better than anybody else in the world,” he said of his home state. “We should be bragging about it.” Ericksen’s district encompasses the city he grew up in, Bellingham, and the unincorporated county where his family resides between Ferndale and Lynden. And he’s fierce about nurturing its bounty and beauty. He went off to the Ivy League and studied government, and so we launch the interview with the logical question, “Did you foresee a long political career after graduation?” “Oh, no.”
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