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OLYMPIA -- U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (left) and Patty Murray meet in the wings of the state Senate on Feb. 20, 2012. Cantwell was coming out of the Senate Democratic Caucus after talking to its members and Murray was going in. They were in the state on the President's Day recess, and both stopped by the state Capitol to talk with fellow Democrats. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (left) and Patty Murray meet in the wings of the state Senate on Feb. 20, 2012. Cantwell was coming out of the Senate Democratic Caucus after talking to its members and Murray was going in. They were in the state on the President's Day recess, and both stopped by the state Capitol to talk with fellow Democrats. (Jim Camden)

OLYMPIA -- You never know who will show up in the "wings" of the Senate or House chambers.

That's the area behind the curtains, off the main floor, where members come and go, chat, discuss legislation.

On Monday, two former legislators who have now gone on to bigger things bumped into each other as Sen. Maria Cantwell was leaving the Senate Democratic Caucus room, and Sen. Patty Murray was going in.

Both are in the state during the Presidents' Day recess in Congress.



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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