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OLYMPIA — House Republicans re-elected their top leadership today, returning Dan Kristiansen as their leader for the 2015 session..
Kristiansen, of Snohomish, was named to the job earlier this year after Rep. Richard DeBolt stepped down for health reasons.
Joel Kretz of Wauconda was re-elected deputy leader, J.T.Wilcox, of Yelm, re-elected floor leader and Paul Harris, of Vancouver, minority whip. Matt Shea of the Spokane Valley was re-elected as one of two assistant whips.
Shelly Short, of Addy, was elected caucus chairwoman, replacing Judy Warnick, of Moses Lake, who was elected to the Senate.
Washington state has one distinction in yesterday's vote to end the partial government shutdown and extend the federal debt limit: It is the largest state in which the entire delegation voted yes.
Across the border in Idaho, the delegation was split, 3-1, on the no side.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington was one of the point-persons for the House Republican leadership in defending its tactics on the shutdown, appearing at press conferences and on 24-hour cable news programs. Like many other GOP leaders, she voted to end it Wednesday night, contending “House Republicans have done everything possible to protect the American people from the arbitrary regulations and unnecessary costs of the President's health care law… We did not accomplish everything we hoped. But in the end, the Senate agreed to come to the table and start to talk.”
She said House Republicans are united and will work on fixing “an out-of-control government.”
As a breakdown of the vote in the Washington Post shows, however, they were pretty sharply divided on the vote to end the shutdown. Americans for Limited Government, a group opposed to the Affordable Care Act, is also blasting House Republicans who voted to end the shutdown, saying they “now own Obamacare just as much as if they voted to adopt it in the first place.”
OLYMPIA — Members of the Eastern Washington legislative delegation were chosen for several Republican leadership spots today.
Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda, whose 7th District stretches from Okanogan County to northwestern Spokane, was reappointed to the No. 2 spot, deputy leader of the House GOP caucus. (Fact check: Earlier version of this post had Kretz in the 9th.)
Reps. Kevin Parker of Spokane and Matt Shea of Spokane Valley were named assistant floor leaders.
The top House spot, House Republican leader, went to Rep. Richard DeBolt of Chehalis.
On the Senate side, Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla was re-elected Republican leader. Mark Schoesler of Ritzville was re-elected Republican floor leader.