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Eye On Olympia

Senate chairs and leadership…

From the Senate Democrats:

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
Chair: Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond
Vice chair: Sen.-elect Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island

Government Operations & Elections
Chair: Sen. Darlene Fairley, D-Lake Forest Park
Vice chair: Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland

Human Services & Corrections
Chair: Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam
Vice chair: Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection
(formerly Labor, Commerce, Research & Development)
Chair: Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle
Vice chair: Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent

Early Learning & K-12 Education
Chair: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell
Vice chair of Early Learning: Sen. Claudia Kauffman, D-Kent
Vice chair of K-12: Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland

Economic Development, Trade & Innovation
(formerly Economic Development, Trade & Management)
Chair: Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup
Vice chair: Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds

International Relations Subcommittee (new)
Chair: Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds

Health & Long-Term Care
Chair: Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent
Vice chair: Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma

Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation
Chair: Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle
Vice chair: Sen.-elect Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island

Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance
(formerly Financial Institutions & Insurance)
Chair: Sen. Jean Berkey, D-Everett
Vice chair: Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens

Higher Education & Workforce Development
(formerly Higher Education)
Chair: Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor
Vice chair: Sen.-elect Fred Jarrett, D-Mercer Island

Chair: Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle
Vice chair: Sen. Joe McDermott, D-West Seattle

Environment, Water & Energy
(formerly Water, Energy & Telecommunications)
Chair: Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Kitsap County
Vice chair: Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver

Chair: Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island
Vice chair: Sen. Chris Marr, D-Spokane

Ways & Means
Chair: Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton
Vice chair of operating budget: Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina
Vice chair of capital budget: Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia

Gone is the Consumer Protection & Housing Committee, most of whose responsibilities will be absorbed by the newly configured Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee and the Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committee.

“Our committee structure allows us to be lean and nimble in addressing the current budget situation facing our state,” said Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, the Senate majority leader.

Senate Democrats also rounded out the remainder of their leadership team, after retaining Brown as majority leader, electing Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, as caucus chair, and retaining Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, as majority floor leader last month.

Whip: Sen. Chris Marr, D-Spokane, who replaces Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma. Regala becomes caucus vice-chair, replacing Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle.

Assistant floor leader: Sen. Joe McDermott, D-West Seattle, replacing Marr.
Assistant whip: Sen. Claudia Kauffman, D-Kent, replacing Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.