Committee assignments for 2018
The Washington State Senate Democratic caucus' committee assignments for 2018

It’s a new day in Olympia. With the Novem­ber 2017 gen­er­al elec­tion soon to move into the his­to­ry books, the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus is prepar­ing to take over man­age­ment of the cham­ber from the Repub­li­cans, who are giv­ing up con­trol thanks to Man­ka Dhin­gra’s vic­to­ry in the 45th District.

Today, the soon-to-be major­i­ty cau­cus announced com­mit­tee assign­ments and incom­ing com­mit­tee chairs for 2018.

“We have a great, knowl­edge­able team ready to get to work for the peo­ple of this state,” Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Leader Sharon Nel­son said in a statement.

“Our chairs and com­mit­tee mem­bers are pas­sion­ate about mov­ing Wash­ing­ton house­holds for­ward. They are also ded­i­cat­ed to good gov­ern­ment and are firm in their belief that the com­mit­tee process serves as a plat­form for peo­ple to inter­act and be heard by their rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Olympia.”

Here’s the com­plete list of incom­ing com­mit­tee chairs and vice chairs:

  • Agri­cul­ture, Water, Nat­ur­al Resources & Parks 
    • Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (chair)
    • Sen. John McCoy (vice chair)
  • Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment & Trade 
    • Sen. Mar­a­lyn Chase (Chair)
    • Sen. Dean Takko (vice chair)
  • Ear­ly Learn­ing & K12 Education 
    • Sen. Lisa Well­man (Chair)
    • Sen Chris­tine Rolfes (vice chair)
  • Ener­gy, Envi­ron­ment & Technology 
    • Sen. Reuven Car­lyle (chair)
    • Sen. Guy Palum­bo (vice chair)
  • Finan­cial Insti­tu­tions & Insurance 
    • Sen. Mark Mul­let (chair)
    • Sen. Bob Hasegawa (vice chair)
  • Health & Long Term Care 
    • Sen. Annette Cleve­land (chair)
    • Sen. Pat­ty Kud­er­er (vice chair)
  • High­er Edu­ca­tion & Work­force Development 
    • Sen. Kevin Ranker (chair)
    • Sen. Guy Palum­bo (vice chair)
  • Human Ser­vices & Corrections 
    • Sen. Jean­nie Darneille (chair)
    • Sen. Man­ka Dhin­gra (vice chair)
  • Labor & Commerce 
    • Sen. Karen Keis­er (chair)
    • Sen. Bob Hasegawa (vice chair)
  • Law & Justice 
    • Sen. Jamie Ped­er­sen (chair)
    • Sen. Man­ka Dhin­gra (vice chair)
  • Local Gov­ern­ment
    • Sen. Dean Takko (chair)
    • Sen. Guy Palum­bo (vice chair)
  • State Gov­ern­ment, Trib­al Rela­tions & Elections 
    • Sen. Sam Hunt (chair)
    • Sen. Pat­ty Kud­er­er (vice chair)
  • Trans­porta­tion
    • Sen. Steve Hobbs (chair)
    • Sen. Rebec­ca Sal­daña (vice chair)
  • Ways & Means 
    • Sen. Chris­tine Rolfes (chair)
    • Sen. David Frockt (vice chair /capital bud­get lead)

Each of the East­side’s four Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tors will be either a com­mit­tee chair or vice chair in 2018. Lisa Well­man of the 41st is head­ing up Ear­ly Learn­ing & K‑12 Edu­ca­tion, Mark Mul­let of the 5th is in charge of Finan­cial Insti­tu­tions & Insur­ance, Pat­ty Kud­er­er will be the vice chair of State Gov­ern­ment, Trib­al Rela­tions & Elec­tions plus Health & Long Term Care, and Man­ka Dhin­gra of the 45th will be vice chair of Law & Jus­tice plus Human Ser­vices & Corrections.

The 2018 lead­er­ship team is:

  • Major­i­ty Leader: Sharon Nelson
  • Deputy Major­i­ty Leader: Andy Billig
  • Cau­cus Chair: John McCoy
  • Vice Cau­cus Chair: Lisa Wellman
  • Floor Leader: Marko Liias
  • Assis­tant Floor Leader: Pat­ty Kuderer
  • Whip: Rebec­ca Saldaña
  • Assis­tant Whip: Mark Mullet

And here is the com­plete list of com­mit­tee assignments:

Committee assignments for 2018
The Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus’ com­mit­tee assign­ments for 2018

Sen­a­tors from both par­ties are in Olympia this week for Com­mit­tee Days. The Sen­ate’s Com­mit­tee Days began today and run through Wednes­day; the House­’s Com­mit­tee Days begin Wednes­day and run through Friday.

Repub­li­cans are still in charge of the Sen­ate for a few more days. After Man­ka Dhin­gra is sworn in lat­er this month, they’ll no longer have control.

Most of the Repub­li­cans cur­rent­ly serv­ing as com­mit­tee chairs will like­ly become rank­ing mem­bers once the major­i­ty flips, but the cau­cus also has the option of reshuf­fling its own com­mit­tee assign­ments if it wishes.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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