OLYMPIA – Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea was elected House Minority Caucus chairman by his fellow Republican Friday, filling an opening created by the falling dominoes of an appointment to the Trump administration.
Shea takes the place of Shelly Short, who moved to the Senate from the House this week to fill a vacancy in the 7th Legislative District which opened up when Brian Dansel took a job as special assistant to the U.S. Agriculture Department in the new administration.
As caucus chairman, Shea will preside over meetings of House Republicans to discuss and decide positions on legislation and policies. His election means three of the top four slots in House Republican leadership are held by representatives from Spokane-area districts. Rep. Joel Kretz, of Wauconda is deputy minority leader and Rep. Joe Schmick, of Colfax, is the caucus vice chairman.