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I’m Nikki Torres, your senator from the 15th Legislative District, and I’m here to serve you.

Those of us who live and work in the Yakima Valley and the Tri-Cities know we live in a special place unlike anywhere else in Washington. From the farms and orchards of Sunnyside and Grandview to the laboratories of Hanford, from wine country to the Hanford Reach and the Snake — we are blessed with natural beauty, dynamic communities, one of the nation’s most-educated workforces, and a diverse population with a unique set of needs. As your senator, I bring our voice to Olympia, and I want to hear from you.

If you have a problem with a state agency, or a comment or concern with the direction of state government, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can reach me or my legislative assistant, Justus Phelps, at 360-786-7684, by email at, or by regular mail at P.O. Box 40415, Olympia, WA, 98504.






Nikki Torres

Senator, 15th Legislative District

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May 05, 2023

Torres bill to expand farm-internship program signed into law

Thanks to a measure sponsored by Sen. Nikki Torres, more young people will soon be on their way to becoming the next generation of Washington farmers. Senate Bill 5156, which was signed by the governor on Thursday in a ceremony at the Capitol, expands the state’s successful farm-internship program statewide and also makes the program...
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April 06, 2023

Torres crop-protection bill signed by governor

Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill sponsored by first-year Sen. Nikki Torres to help with the administration of rules related to crop-protection products. The measure, which passed both the House and Senate with unanimous support, is Torres’ first bill to make it through the legislative process to the governor’s desk and receive his signature....
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March 28, 2023

Torres ‘stunned’ by House failure to advance bill regarding missing and murdered Indigenous people bill

Today state Sen. Nikki Torres, R-Pasco, released the following comments in response to reports that House Democrats are preparing to kill her bill to implement recommendations from the state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP) task force. Torres’ bill is part of the Legislature’s efforts to identify the root causes of the shockingly...
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March 03, 2023

Torres bill on missing and murdered Indigenous people passes Senate

Today the state Senate passed Sen. Nikki Torres’ measure implementing the recommendations of the Washington state Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People task force. The bill is part of the Legislature’s efforts to identify the root causes of the shockingly large number of Native Americans who have turned up missing or murdered in Washington....
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February 28, 2023

Senate unanimously approves Torres bill improving irrigation-district elections

Today the Senate voted 47-0 to approved state Sen. Nikki Torres’s bill to modernize irrigation-district elections by permitting the use of mail-in ballots in place of exclusively polling places and absentee ballots. Senate Bill 5709 deals with the election of directors for irrigation districts, which construct, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supplies water for...
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February 20, 2023

Deadlines and debate

On Friday, the 2023 legislative session hit the first of several deadlines intended to keep the Legislature on track and whittle down the total number of bills to only those measures with broad enough support among members. The first of these deadlines is known as “policy cutoff.” It’s the last day for bills to be...
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