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Top Senate leaders re-elected

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, makes a point during a Senate floor debate last February. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, makes a point during a Senate floor debate last February. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA – Mark Schoesler, a Ritzville Republican was re-elected majority leader of the Senate in a unanimous vote Tuesday. 

Schoesler has served in the top spot for two year and is expected to lead a majority coalition of 24 Republicans and one Democrat who votes with them. One Senate race from last Tuesday’s election remains close with the incumbent Democrat, Mark Mullet, leading GOP challenger Chad Magendanz by about 800 votes. 

Senate Republicans also elected. Randi Becker, Eatonville, the majority caucus leader and re-elected Joe Fain, of Auburn, the majority floor leader.

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, was re-elected minority leader by the chamber’s other Democrats, who will total 24 if Mullet wins. She held that post in the 2015-16 Legislature.

Senate Democrats also elected John McCoy, of Tulalip, as caucus leader and Marko Liias, of Lynwood as their floor leader.



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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