“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”

— Will Rogers

Claus Joens
Claus Joens


Claus’s parents met at Washington State University. His father Claus went on to work full time on the family wheat farm and worked as a computer programmer in the off season. His mother Janice taught elementary school for 42 years.

Claus graduated with an MBA from Gonzaga University and worked at various business and finance positions around the country for 20 years. He became a business education teacher at Concrete High School for the past 10 years. His wife Linda is also the high school counselor there, where they are both passionate about preparing young Americans for living wage jobs and to give back to their communities.

Claus and Linda have helped two of their three children pay for college. Their youngest child is a senior this year. They face rising education, health care, and prescription drug costs for their family while inflation is cutting purchasing power every month. Rising energy costs and new taxes also make life difficult. We should work smarter, not harder.

Claus is a working class teacher. He works with Skagit and Snohomish County families where people fight traffic to work harder every year and spend less time at home. Many have been left out of the economic prosperity and the political process, so they vote against it. Claus is running for the Washington State House of Representatives in the 39th Legislative District to work for solutions by showing up to learn from you.