Hunter Goodman is moving over from the Attorney General’s Office to serve as secretary of the Senate. The announcement just went out confirming the day’s earlier rumor as Goodman replaces longtime secretary Tom Hoemann. Goodman was deputy chief of staff and served as legislative director for outgoing Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican who ran and lost his bid for governor.
New AG Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, is replacing some staff members, including the appointment today of a new solicitor general.
Goodman obviously knows his way around the Capitol but the powers that be still have to cut a hole in a wall to provide the new public entrance to the actual office space Goodman will occupy in the Legislative Building. The new Senate secretary’s office previously was home to Legislative Ethics Board counsel Mike O’Connell, who has been relocated to a ground floor office, and the entry to Goodman’s space will be through a suite that includes other Secretary of the Senate employees.
I’ll explain more about the moves below. But first, here’s the announcement put out by the new 25-member Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, which includes 23 Republicans and is to be led by Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina:
The shake-up in offices was reported here earlier this week.
In a nutshell, Democrats are moving out of the north-side offices that included one very spacious office formerly used by Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and more recently by the former Senate Democratic majority leader. Sen. Mark Schoesler, the Republican caucus leader, is moving into the office formerly used by the Democrats’ floor leader, while Republican caucus chair, Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, moves into the secretary of Senate’s suite.
That makes three executive leadership offices for the new majority coalition, more than the majority has had in recent years that I’ve seen. That alliance is made up of 23 Republicans and two Democrats, including Tom and Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon of Potlatch. Senate Democratic leader Ed Murray is moving into Parlette’s old office, while Democratic caucus chair Karen Fraser of Thurston County is moving into the southeast corner office used by the former Republican leader.
As of this afternoon, the wings of the Senate were a mess – with pieces of furniture and boxes of office supplies stacked. Staffers for Fraser and Murray were still moving pieces of furniture in, and in Parlette’s office lobby the room still smelled of paint.
But by Monday, things are expected to be put in order in time for the Democrats and Republicans to convene at noon and change the rules – whereby the coalition majority can be constituted and Tom can assume powers as Senate majority leader.