Article by Erik Smith. Published on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 EST.
Eastern Washington’s Only Remaining Senate Democrat Will Lead Caucus Another Two Years
Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.
By Erik Smith
Staff Writer/ Washington State Wire
OLYMPIA, Nov. 9.—Lisa Brown will continue as Senate Majority Leader, the position she has held within the Senate Democratic Caucus since 2005.
Senate Democrats voted over the weekend and announced the outcome Monday.
Brown represents Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District and is the only remaining Senate Democrat from Eastern Washington, now that Spokane’s Chris Marr has been defeated for re-election.
Brown is one of just three Eastern Washington Democrats in the Legislature. The other two members come from the same district in central Spokane, state representatives Timm Ormsby and Andy Billig.
In a prepared statement, Brown said:
“It has been an honor to serve my incredibly able and dedicated colleagues as their leader over the years, and I take very seriously the trust they’ve put in me to continue on in this role. In the Senate, leadership is really a team sport. I have all the trust in the world in the judgment and ability of my team to continue steering our state through troubled waters and to make state government reflect the core priorities of Washingtonians.”Other leadership positions in the Senate Democratic Caucus will be announced in coming weeks.
Democrats hold control in the Senate by a 27-22 margin. They lost four seats in last week’s election. In addition to Marr, the Democrats lost Eric Oemig, Claudia Kauffman and Randy Gordon, all in the Seattle suburbs.