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Ed Murray, Derek Kilmer tapped for budget jobs

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm | 1 Comment »
November 16, 2010 2:56 pm

Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle is the pick of Democratic leadership to take the most important budget-writing job in the state Senate.

If rank-and-file Democrats sign off on a panel’s recommendations announced today, Murray will chair the Ways and Means Committee. That sets off a series of dominoes that will boost South Sound lawmakers like Sen. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor and Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County.

Fraser will ask Democrats to give her Murray’s old job, majority caucus chair. That would mean the top three leadership positions in the Senate would be held by women, including Sen. Tracey Eide of Federal Way as floor leader.

Fraser’s role leading the capital budget, meanwhile, would go to Kilmer under the Committee on Committees’ recommendations. (Kilmer’s committee on higher education would be handed off to Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina).

Here’s the full news release:

Recommended Senate committee chairs announced

OLYMPIA – Today, a panel of majority Democrats in the state Senate recommended to their full Democratic caucus the following slate of committee chairs for the next two years:

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development

Chair: Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond

Early Learning & K-12 Education

Chair: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell

Economic Development, Trade & Innovation

Chair: Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup

Environment, Water & Energy

Chair: Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Kitsap County

Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance

Chair: Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens (new)

Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections

(formerly Government Operations & Elections)

Chair: Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver (new)

Health & Long-Term Care

Chair: Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent

Higher Education & Workforce Development

Chair: Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina (new)

Human Services & Corrections

Chair: Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam


Chair: Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection

Chair: Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle

Natural Resources & Marine Waters

(formerly Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation)

Chair: Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan (new)


Chair: Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island

Vice chair: Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle (new)

Ways & Means

Chair: Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle

Vice chair of capital budget: Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor (new)

Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, has announced that she will run for the leadership position of President Pro Tempore, and Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, has announced she will run for the leadership position of Majority Caucus Chair. Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, has announced her desire to remain Majority Floor Leader.

Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, was re-elected as Majority Leader by her Democratic colleagues early last week.

The committee chair recommendations and remaining leadership positions will be voted on by the full majority caucus during December Committee Assembly days, scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8.

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