Welcome to my legislative website. Thank you for entrusting me to represent you in Olympia. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously. This website is where you can quickly find a variety of information on my priorities and biography, press releases, and other items of interest.

Through my experience, I have learned in order to get things done for you, it takes a combination of hard work, the ability to work across the aisle and, most importantly, to listen to your needs to ensure my focus is in the right direction.

This is your government and your feedback is important to me. My door is always open to you and I want to hear your opinions on issues you care about. Please call, write or send an e-mail with your concerns, suggestions or questions anytime.

Rep. Joel Kretz
(360) 786-7988  |  joel.kretz@leg.wa.gov
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My Priorities

Protecting livestock and the ranching community

Problem wolves and cougars are preying on livestock continually and without fear. This is devastating our ranchers and livestock owners. In addition, the state's efforts to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts are failing. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has become extremely politicized and continues to ignore the Department of Fish and Wildlife's scientists and wildlife officers in regards to cougar management. Washingtonians deserve better.

Read Kretz's interview with The Center Square on problem wolves

Protecting our forests, homes, and land from wildfires

Decades of mismanaging our state forests has led to several wildfire seasons that have devastated communities, homes, and families across Washington. I'm working to bring field-tested, common-sense solutions to managing our forests and getting more training and equipment to the right people, in the right places, more quickly. Prescribed burns, updated communications, more rapid-response resources, including planes, are all needed to protect our forests.

Read about Kretz's efforts to make forests more resilient, reduce fuel loads, and create firebreaks

Protecting and preserving rural families, lifestyles, and economies

I believe Washington's rural families deserve protection from the progressive policies emanating from Seattle and other urban centers. Our rural economies have too often been sacrificed for the feel-good environmental beliefs that bring little environmental benefit at too high a cost to our rural way of life. I will continue to fight for all Washington families.

Read Kretz's interview with SHIFTWA on the legislative session

Kretz fights for his community to address problem wolves

Meet Joel Kretz

Joel is a lifelong Washingtonian who grew up on Mercer Island and now makes his home in Wauconda, in Okanogan County where he raises horses and cattle. Joel attended Green River Community College and Olympic Community College before moving to Eastern Washington to live and work off the land....

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7th Legislative District