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Monday, November 2

Eric Lohnes joins AWB as government affairs director for tax, fiscal policy

Public policy expert brings legislative affairs, private-sector background to Washington’s largest business organization

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has hired policy analyst and public policy expert Eric Lohnes (pron: low-ness) to serve as the government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy. This hire rounds out the staff of six as the association gears up for the 2016 legislative session

With nearly a decade in public policy experience, Lohnes comes to AWB from the state Senate where he focused on health care and insurance policy. He has also worked on housing and tax issues along with serving as the senior economic policy analyst at the Freedom Foundation.

"We’re pleased to welcome Eric to our government affairs team," said Gary Chandler, vice president of government affairs. "He brings the experience and expertise we need to successfully share with lawmakers the challenges facing employers, and to work collaboratively alongside lawmakers, stakeholders and AWB members to craft fiscal policy that will make our state a great place to live, raise a family and start a business."

Lohnes received his undergraduate degrees in English and philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University and earned a Masters of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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