This week, newly elected Senator Manka Dhingra (D-45th District: Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Duvall) was sworn into office as Washington State’s newest legislator. Now that she is officially a member of the Legislature, she has been added to the Senate’s official roster and provisioned with her own legislative website thanks to the Washington State Senate Democratic caucus.
The website can be found here; it will be updated as the 2018 session gets underway. Note that some content and features are still not available yet, but you can check out the coverage of Manka’s swearing-in, including this post from NPI’s Cascadia Advocate, and admire the Senator’s new legislative portrait, a copy of which appears on the right.
The other members of the district’s delegation (veteran Democratic State Representatives Roger Goodman and Larry Springer) are shown on site’s 45th District page alongside newly elected Senator Manka Dhingra.
Dhingra is also now listed on the official roster of senators, which is here. Her committee assignments are not yet listed, but they are Transportation, Law & Justice, and Human Services & Corrections. Her legislative address will also be added once she moves into her new office, likely in the John Cherberg Building.
As the Senate has not reconvened as a body since the election, the formal transfer of power from the Republicans to the Democrats has not taken place. When it does, Democrats will assume control of all of the Senate’s committees. They have also announced their intention to hire a new Secretary of the Senate: Brad Hendrickson, who will take over from Hunter Goodman once the Senate confirms him.
Thanks to Dhingra’s election, King County’s Eastside is now exclusively represented by Democrats in the Washington State Senate. The 48th is represented by Patty Kuderer, the 41st by Lisa Wellman, the 5th by Mark Mullet, and the 1st by Guy Palumbo. With the exception of the 5th District, Democrats also hold all of the region’s seats in the Washington State House.
Democrats can add to their House majority next year by taking the seats held by Republicans Jay Rodne and Paul Graves. It won’t be easy, but as the party showed this year in the 45th and last year in the 41st, it can win tough legislative races despite being outspent by powerful moneyed interests.