Lynda Wilson was first elected Senator from the 17th Legislative District in 2016 following a two-year term in the House of Representatives. She was re-elected in 2020 to a second four-year Senate term. Her priorities as a lawmaker begin with a strong economy and positive business climate, to increase job opportunities across Washington; they also include public safety, veterans’ issues, housing, responsible budgeting, reducing regulations that hinder economic growth, and holding government agencies accountable.
Lynda’s work in the Senate reflects her priorities. She is Republican leader on the Ways and Means Committee, and serves on the Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee. She is vice chair of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, and a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs; Washington State Building Code Council; Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee (addressing replacement of the I-5 bridge between Washington and Oregon); Economic Revenue Forecast Council; Pandemic Recovery Task Force; Joint Legislative Unanticipated Revenue Oversight Committee; Joint Committee on Employment Relations (co-chair); Caseload Forecast Council; Pension Funding Council; and the State Actuary Appointment Committee. Lynda is a former member of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, and the Law & Justice Committee.
Growing up in an Air Force family that lived around the United States and in Germany before settling in Clark County, Lynda graduated from Evergreen High School and attended Clark College. Her decades of business experience began in the financial sector, working in banking and credit unions, then expanded to manufacturing: she and husband Tracy are owners in DeWils Industries, a third-generation business with a presence in the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Lynda and Tracy reside in Vancouver. Together they have three daughters and five grandchildren.