The Senate has sworn in maverick Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon to serve as president pro tempore, presiding over the politically divided chamber when Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is away. No one else was nominated but the vote was 38 to 10 Monday – far from unanimous.
Among the dissenters was Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County.
“A big portion of my constituency is very unhappy with his shifting” allegiance to join the GOP caucus in a coalition, Fraser explained.