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Lura Powell chosen to head Redistricting Commish

OLYMPIA -- Lura Powell of Richland was  named chaiwoman of the state Redistricting Commission this morning.

Powell, former director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was the unanimous choice of the four members who were each appointed by a legislative leader of one party from one chamber of the Legislature. She serves as the non-voting leader of the commission, which will redraw the lines for Washington's Congressional and Legislative districts based on the results of the 2010 Census.

Powell described herself as bipartisan -- "I've had fundraisers for Democrats and Republicans" -- but not a political junkie.

"I've found working with the legislative process to be fascinating," she said.

She's an analytical chemist, a retired federal worker and currently serves on the board of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund. To complaints that the board appointed by the legislative "four corners" were all male and all from Western Washington, she acknowledge that she's "a two-fer". She's a woman from Eastern Washington. And she has experiencing running boards and commissions.

"Will everybody always agree on everything? Probably not," she said. "You wouldn't want to rubber stamp everything."



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.

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