Washington state House of Representatives names committee chairs

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The 2017 Washington state Regular Legislative Session is scheduled to begin January 9.

The House Democratic Caucus of the Washington state legislature has named committee chairs and vice chairs for the upcoming legislative session. (Click here for a complete HDC committee list.)

Democrats have a majority in the House, so it is their privilege to chair all committees. Republicans will name their ranking members for each committee.

Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs
Rep. Cindy Ryu (Shoreline), chair - 32nd district
*Rep.-elect Nicole Macri (Seattle), vice-chair

Early Learning and Human Services
Rep. Ruth Kagi (Seattle), chair - 32nd district

Rep. Tana Senn (Mercer Island), vice-chair

Higher Education
Rep. Drew Hansen (Bainbridge Island), chair
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle), vice-chair - 46th district

Rep. Judy Clibborn (Mercer Island), chair
Rep. Jessyn Farrell (Seattle), vice-chair - 46th district
Rep. Jake Fey (Tacoma), vice-chair
*Rep. Sharon Wylie (Vancouver), vice-chair

Leadership Team - Democrats

Speaker of the House (designate*): Rep. Frank Chopp (D-Seattle)
Majority Leader: Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington)
Majority Caucus Chair: Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle)
Majority Floor Leader: Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard)
Majority Whip: Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane)
Deputy Majority Whip: Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) - 46th district

State Senate - Standing Committees

The state senate has a Republican majority, so they name the committee chairs and vice-chairs. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-32, has been named Ranking Minority Member of the Agriculture, Water, Trade, and Economic Development committee. She also serves on the Rules committee.

Sen. David Frockt, D-46, serves on the Higher Education, Law and Justice, and Ways and Means committees.

The 32nd District includes all of Shoreline and parts of Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, and Lynnwood.

The 46th District includes all of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park and parts of Seattle.


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