In Olympia, fast action on one bill plus a run-down on new members

January 14, 2014

In Olympia the House started the session with an unusual first-day vote on HB 1817, the Washington Dream Act, passing it 71-23, with some Republicans joining majority Democrats. For the complete roll call vote, see washingtonvotes.org.

Lawmakers formally introduced 179 prefiled bills on Monday, with another 49 bills slated for introduction on Tuesday. HB 1817 was the only bill that saw significant action.          

A number of new legislators took seats vacated by members resigning or moving to the Senate and other elected offices. Here’s a run-down of these new members.

New House members

• Leonard Christian (R-Spokane), 4th District, replaces Rep. Larry Crousewho resigned his seat in December 2013.  Rep. Christian is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and a real estate broker in Spokane.

• Dick Muri (R-Steilacoom), 28th District, replaces Rep. Steve O’Ban, who was appointed to the Senate to fill the late Sen. Mike Carrell’s seat.  Rep. Muri is a former Pierce County Council member and served 22 years in the US. Air Force, including in the Gulf war.

• Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac), 33rd District, replaces Rep. Dave Upthegrove, who was elected to the King County Council.  Rep. Gregerson is a SeaTac city council member and deputy mayor. She will serve as Vice-Chair of the House Local Government committee.

• June Robinson (D-Everett), 38th District, replaces Rep.John McCoy, who moved to the Senate. Rep. Robinson is a program manager for the King County Health Department.

• Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), 41st District, replaces Rep. Marcie Maxwell who resigned to join the Governor’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office. Rep. Senn is a member of the Mercer Isand City Council and has been active in community affairs, including  the Jewish Foundation of Greater Seattle. 

• Brady Walkinshaw (D-Seattle), 43rd District, replaces Rep. Jamie Pedersen who moved to the Senate when Senator Ed Murray became Mayor of Seattle. Rep. Walkinshaw is  a program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

New Senate members

• Brian Dansel (R-Republic), 7th District. Sen  Dansel is a former Ferry County Commissioner and was elected to the Senate when Sen. Bob Morton retired.

• Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard), 26th District/ Sen. Angel served in the House from 2009 until 2013, when she won a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Derek Kilmer who was elected to Congress. She has worked iin real estate, finance and banking and makes her home with her family in Port Orchard.

• John McCoy (D-Tulalip), 38th District, replaces Sen. Nick Harper who resigned. Sen. McCoy served 10 years in the House and is a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, the only self-identified Native-American serving in the Senate.

• Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), 43rd District, replaces Sen. Ed Murray. Sen. Pedersen began service in the House in 2006 and is General Counsel of the Seattle construction firm McKinstry.

• Steve O’Ban (R-Pierce County), 28th District. Sen O’Ban was appointed to fill the late Sen. Mike Carrell’s seat. He is an attorney and has two sons serving in the army.

Three seats remain unfilled.  Still to be determined are appointments to the seats vacated by Rep. Alexander (R-Olympia) in the 2nd District, Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) in the 26th District, and Sen. Paull Shinn (D-Edmond) in the 21st District. WashingtonVotes.org News will report on the new members when these seats are filled