Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 53° Partly Cloudy

Spin Control

WA Lege Day 36: Baxter sworn in

Newly sworn-in Sen. Jeff Baxter and his wife Diane watch as Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson signs the oath of office Baxter took Monday morning as the new senator from Spokane's 4th Legislative District.  (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
Newly sworn-in Sen. Jeff Baxter and his wife Diane watch as Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson signs the oath of office Baxter took Monday morning as the new senator from Spokane's 4th Legislative District. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA -- Wasting no time after being named to the open 4th District Senate seat Friday evening, Jeff Baxter was sworn in Monday morning in a brief ceremony before the day's session got underway.

With his wife Diane holding the family Bible, Baxter took the oath of office administered by State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson while other senators from the Spokane delegation as well as State Rep. Matt Shea looked on.

Baxter was given some heavy lifting, drawing assignments to the Ways and Means, Judiciary and Human Services and Corrections committees.



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

Follow Jim online: