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Friday, November 14, 2008

Powerful House appropriations position goes to Representative Linville

According to an anonymous source, Representative Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, will be replacing Helen Sommers, D-Seattle, as House Appropriations chair in the upcoming legislative session, starting on January 12. Sommers retired this year from an impressive 36-year career in the Legislature.

Vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, was widely expected to replace Sommers. Dunshee's district extends from Marysville to Mill Creek, while Linville's more conservative district is located in the far northwest corner of the state and borders Canada. Her seat-mates in the district are both Republicans.

Perhaps Linville was selected in order to move the chairmanship out of long-time Puget Sound hands into those from a different part of the state.

Only time will tell what philosophies and priorities the incoming chair will hold.


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