Rep. Larry Hoff will not seek another term


Washington State Rep. Larry Hoff will not seek another term representing the state’s 18th Legislative District, the lawmaker announced last week.

In a March 14 release, Hoff stated he wanted to “fully shift” his focus to family, “especially my grandson who I can’t wait to spend more time with fishing, hunting and making memories.”

Hoff, R-Vancouver, was first elected to his seat in 2018 after then-seatholder Liz Pike decided to retire from elected politics. 

In the release, Hoff was called “a champion for taxpayers, small business owners, outdoorsmen, farmers and ranchers, and all of Southwest Washington.” 

“I have given it my all every day, working on behalf of my constituents and developing public policy in a bipartisan manner for the benefit of all Washingtonians,” Hoff stated in the release.

Hoff was named the ranking member of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee while in office, and also received the Washington Farm Bureau’s 2021 Legislator of the Year award for state House members.

House Republican leader J.T. Wilcox said he admired Hoff’s dedication to being a “full-time legislator” during his two terms in office, noting there weren’t many others in Olympia who he held the same respect for. 

Apart from his work on labor issues, Wilcox noted Hoff’s work on the House’s appropriations, and college and workforce development committees.

“Larry cares deeply about our state and has made it his mission to make it a better place to live for all Washingtonians. I will miss him greatly as will our entire caucus,” Wilcox said in the release.

Hoff said being “fully committed to public service” is key to success in the Legislature. 

“While there will be long days and even longer nights, serving in the Legislature is a noble venture that is incredibly rewarding when you put in the time and effort,” Hoff said in the release. “There is no better feeling than being able to help someone who has nowhere else to turn.”

During his tenure Hoff also served on the Legislative Ethics Board, the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, the Washington State Building Code Council, and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.