Tom Dent has been a Columbia Basin resident for over 60 years. He became a professional pilot in 1976, and soon after founded Tom Dent Aviation, which offered aerial application for area agriculture, pilot service and flight instruction. Tom also owns the Flying T Ranch, where he lives 7 miles NE of Moses Lake, raising bison and producing hay.
Sworn into office in 2015, Tom represents the 13th District, which includes Lincoln and Kittitas counties, as well as parts of Grant and Yakima counties. He currently serves as the ranking member on the Children, Youth and Family’s Committee, Assistant Ranking member on the Ag and Natural Resources Committee, Transportation and Rules Committee. Tom also serves on several special legislative committees and caucuses.
His legislative priorities include preventing wildfires through improving the health of our forest and rangeland and initial attack on fire suppression, Agriculture issues including promoting increased trade, protecting pesticide use and water resource management, and as a career aviation professional the protection and expansion of our aviation infrastructure and increased pilot and maintenance technician training. Tom cares deeply about providing a safe and positive environment for young people that allows them to grow up and have the same opportunities available to prior generations to become successful. Finally, Tom is a passionate advocate for mental health reforms that improve the lives of the mentally ill and assist families in helping their loved ones.