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Rep. Marcie Maxwell leaving state House for education adviser job with Inslee administration

Post by News Tribune Staff on July 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
July 10, 2013 12:40 pm

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell put out a statement Tuesday saying she is resigning her seat in the Legislature to take a senior education-adviser role in Gov. Jay Inslee‘s executive policy office later in July.

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat serving the 41st District, was the House Democrats’ deputy majority leader for education and opportunity, and her House committees included Education, Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The Governor’s Office confirmed the appointment.

Rep. Marcie Maxwell
Rep. Marcie Maxwell

Here is the statement issued by Maxwell:

State Representative Marcie Maxwell is announcing her resignation from elected office to accept a new position in statewide service. This month, Maxwell will join Governor Jay Inslee’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office as Senior Education Policy Advisor. She brings a strong background in education policy and funding plus business experience to this new leadership role focusing on K-12, early learning, and higher education policy in Washington State. Maxwell is known for her work in STEM education, arts education, improving teaching and learning, college access, and preserving the state’s safety net to ensure at-risk kids are healthy and ready to learn.

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the Governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said.

Elected to three terms in the legislature, Maxwell was previously elected to the Renton School Board for eight years serving one of the state’s most diverse districts. She served all of the King County School Boards as their Legislative Representative to the Washington State School Directors Association. In the legislature, Maxwell was on the House Education Committee, Appropriations Committee, Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Rules Committee, and the Technology & Economic Development Committee. She co-chaired the Quality Education Council (QEC) and was on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Funding. Marcie served in House leadership as the Deputy Majority Leader for Education and Opportunity.

Maxwell is a Realtor and small business owner with a prior career in banking management. She’s been active with Rotary, chambers, and various foundations. Marcie has earned recognition from numerous organizations including the Washington School Administrators Community Leadership Award, Association of Washington School Principals Torch of Leadership Award, Washington State PTA Friend of Children Award, Washington Education Association Friend of Education Award, Washington School Counselors Association Legislative Advocate Award, Realtor Community Service Award, Renton Citizen of the Year and Renton Outstanding Business Citizen.

The 41st is a swing district served by House Transportation Committee chair Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, and Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee chair Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island. The resignation is late enough in the year that any appointed replacement would not face election until fall 2014.

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