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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I continue to get inquiries about creating a 51st state east of the Cascade Mountains. The idea has been around for quite some time. While it hasn't gained a lot of traction the last couple years, it does not seem to be going away. Given how divisive politics has become recently, I do not see that changing any time soon. With that said, I am curious as to who in the 4th Legislative District would support the idea of a 51st state.

I hope you will take a moment to take my brief, ONE QUESTION SURVEY on the creation of a 51st state. You can take my quick online survey here.

I hear from many in the district and around the state supportive of the idea. Others ask why?

The biggest reason folks favor a 51st state, is that Puget Sound politics dominate and dictate the Legislature and state government. During the 2021 legislative session alone many contentious and controversial issues – capital gains income tax, the governor's carbon climate policies, police reforms, restrictions on gun rights, and an unsustainable budget – were passed by legislators along the I-5 corridor despite bipartisan opposition and little to no support from rural areas of the state.

Many people want to feel like their voice is heard or at least have some decisions made by like-minded people. That isn't happening in Washington state. We have also seen others on the West Coast grow increasingly frustrated with the politics and the lack of a voice in their states. In recent years, there have been proposals to split up California, and mostly recently a handful of Oregon counties are pushing to join Idaho.

Obviously, there are many factors that would need to be considered, but it is certainly worth the discussion. I hope you will participate in my survey. Again, click here to do so.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me directly at rob.chase@leg.wa.gov.

It is an honor to serve you.


Rob Chase

State Representative Rob Chase, 4th Legislative District
John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(509) 866-4094 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000