Democratic Leadership Wants Derek Kilmer in Ways & Means Post

State Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor would serve as vice chairman of the capital budget in the Ways & Means Committee under a proposal made by Democratic leadership this week. The move means he would no longer chair the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, but would put him in a key role in the prime budget-writing committee in the state Senate.

State Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island, would continue to chair the Environment, Water & Energy Committee.

The full body of Senate Democrats will vote on the proposal when legislators go to Olympia for meetings on Dec. 7 and 8.

The press release from the Senate Democrats follows.

OLYMPIA – Today, a panel of majority Democrats in the state Senate recommended to their full Democratic caucus the following slate of committee chairs for the next two years:

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
Chair: Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond

Early Learning & K-12 Education
Chair: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell

Economic Development, Trade & Innovation
Chair: Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup

Environment, Water & Energy
Chair: Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Kitsap County

Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance
Chair: Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens (new)

Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections
(formerly Government Operations & Elections)
Chair: Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver (new)

Health & Long-Term Care
Chair: Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent

Higher Education & Workforce Development
Chair: Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina (new)

Human Services & Corrections
Chair: Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam

Chair: Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection
Chair: Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle

Natural Resources & Marine Waters
(formerly Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation)
Chair: Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan (new)

Chair: Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island
Vice chair: Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle (new)

Ways & Means
Chair: Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle
Vice chair of capital budget: Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor (new)

Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, has announced that she will run for the leadership position of President Pro Tempore, and Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, has announced she will run for the leadership position of Majority Caucus Chair. Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, has announced her desire to remain Majority Floor Leader.
Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, was re-elected as Majority Leader by her Democratic colleagues early last week.
The committee chair recommendations and remaining leadership positions will be voted on by the full majority caucus during December Committee Assembly days, scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8.

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