Visiting the Legislature

For questions about the legislative process or to leave a brief message for a member, please call the in-state Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1.800.562.6000.

Welcome to the Washington State Legislature
The Washington State Legislature is a bicameral body with 49 members in the Senate and 98 members in the House of Representatives. Each district is served by one Senator and two House members.

The citizen Legislature meets annually on the second Monday in January in the ornate Capitol building in Olympia. In odd-numbered years -- the budget year -- the Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. If necessary, the Governor can call legislators in for a special session for a 30-day period. Legislators can call themselves into special session with a two-thirds vote of the two bodies.

Members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms, and House members are elected to two-year terms.

Coming to the Capitol

Capitol Campus Map
Dash logo Intercity Transit "Dash" Shuttle
State Capitol Campus Parking Information
Capitol Campus Visitor Information
Capitol Campus Activities & Events
Virtual Tour of the Capitol
Capitol Photo Gallery
Veterans Memorials on the Capitol Campus
Legislative Gift Center
Americans with Disabilities Act Information
Agendas, Legislative Meeting Schedules, and Calendars
Washington State Visitor Information

Participating in the Process

Your legislators welcome your involvement in the process and hope you'll take the opportunity to participate.

Find Your Legislator 
Glossary of Legislative Terms
Citizen's Guide to Effective Legislative Participation
House and Senate Member Rosters
How a Bill Becomes a Law
How to Read a Bill
How to Testify in Committee
Legislators Back to School Program
Overview of the Legislative Process
Reports to the Legislature
Washington State Elected Officials
Washington State Government Agencies Index
Information about lobbyists (Pictoral Directory, Index of Registered Lobbyists, etc.)

Working at the Legislature

The Legislature offers opportunities to high school, college, and career people to be a part of the process.

Employment Application -  House  Senate
Graduate Intern Program - House  Senate (PDF)
Page Program - House  Senate
Legislative Intern Program - Undergraduate