Brian Dansel

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Brian Dansel
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 7th district
In office
December 6, 2013 (2013-12-06) – January 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)
Preceded byJohn Smith
Succeeded byShelly Short
Ferry County Commissioner, District 2
Assumed office
January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01)
Preceded byRonald "Joe" Bond
Personal details
Brian Ross Dansel

(1983-04-02) April 2, 1983 (age 36)
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceRepublic, Washington
Alma materWalla Walla Community College (A.A.)
ProfessionPGA golf professional

Brian Ross Dansel (born April 2, 1983) is an American politician, political advisor, and current head of Washington state's Farm Service Agency. Before that he served as a Special Assistant to the United States Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of Donald Trump. He was previously a Republican member of the Washington State Senate from the 7th Legislative District.[1] Dansel won the seat in the 2013 election, in which he defeated appointed senator John Smith, and was sworn in on December 6, 2013.[2]

In a letter to the Washington State Office of Governor dated January 24, 2017, Dansel resigned as senator for the seventh district and vacated his seat after accepting a position with the Trump Administration as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture.[3] In early November, he returned to Washington state to be the director of the state's USDA Farm Service Agency.[4]


  1. ^ "2013 election results". Washington Secretary of State. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  2. ^ "Dansel to serve in both Republic and Olympia". December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Dansel Resignation" (PDF). January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Don. "Ex-senator returns to head USDA office in Spokane". Capital Press. Retrieved 10 December 2017.