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State Senate’s party-control changes getting it known as one of the country’s ‘kings of swing’

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:36 am |
January 28, 2013 6:27 pm

Republicans grabbed back control of the Washington state Senate Monday with help from two Democrats – as has been reported. But the political mood changes that keep hitting the Senate is getting national attention as one of the “kings of swing.’’

The National Conference of State Legislatures noted in this blog post that Washington chamber – eight times from 1982 to 2012 – is among the “most fickle” in the country, along with the Indiana and Montana house chambers, which also have had eight majority changes.

Among senates, Montana and Maine rank behind Washington with seven each, while Michigan and Minnesota switched six times.

Charts from the Washington Office of the Secretary of the Senate show the changes during the period.

The Senate chart is here. The House chart is here.

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