That’s what I get for publishing an article on committee assignments before all the dust had settled. Sen. Kevin Ranker has been promoted to the #2 position on the Ways and Means Committee, where he will play a key role in crafting the budget for this state.
From a recent press release: “I’m honored to have been selected by my peers to take on these new challenges,” Ranker said. “Constructing a state budget which represents the values of our state and our local communities is of the utmost importance to us all.”
As part of the shuffle, he will continue to serve on the Energy and Environment committee (run by Sen. Doug Ericksen) however, he will no longer be the ranking Democrat on that committee.
With the Republicans in control of the state Senate, it will be fascinating to see how that influences the budget process, since the Republicans will need to compromise with the Democrats in the House and Inslee in the governor’s mansion. Sen. Ranker will be a key negotiator at that table.
Yes, I will still have my “Odds and Ends” coming out today, I just wanted to post this update quickly.