I’ve been re-elected to a leadership post

Today members of the Senate Republican Caucus elected me deputy floor leader. This is the sixth time I’ve been elected to the caucus leadership team.

I am honored my colleagues have selected me to continue serving as deputy floor leader. This is a difficult time for the people of Washington, as well as for the Legislature. Yesterday’s news that the state will face another $5.7 billion budget shortfall is sobering, and means that we’ll have to go to work immediately and make tough decisions to get the state’s fiscal house in order.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to address this budget crisis and chart a promising course for our budget and the hard-working taxpayers of our state.

As deputy floor leader, I will assist the floor leader in his duties, assist the floor leader and whip in coordinating procedural votes with members, and perform other general leadership responsibilities. I will also participate in leadership discussions and decisions and meet regularly with other members of the caucus leadership on key legislative issues.

As you know, I was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1994 and 1996, and to the Senate in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010. I’ve served in past leadership positions of both whip and caucus chair.