Two local legislators have been selected for leadership roles in the Washington State Legislature.
Sen. Marko Liias, representing the 21st District, has been chosen to serve as assistant floor leader for the Senate Democrats, where he will help control floor action on all legislation that comes up for a for a vote in the Senate.
And Rep. Cindy Ryu, from the 32nd District, is the new chair of the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee, which also oversees efforts to help veterans and boost tourism in Washington state.
Liias has also been chosen by his peers to continue in his role as assistant ranking member on the Senate Transportation Committee, where he helps negotiate and write the state’s transportation budget, and on the Senate Higher Education Committee.
“I am excited to join the Senate Democratic leadership team,” Liias said. “We have big challenges that need solutions and I look forward to reaching across the aisle to build bipartisan coalitions and address the issues that matter to the future of our state.”
Added Ryu of her appointment: “It’s an honor to help veterans, fight for affordable housing and create jobs by boosting tourism,” Ryu said. “I also look forward to working with tribes in every corner of Washington state on ways to move forward, together, to give our children and grandchildren a better life.”