Gov. Jay Inslee has chosen state Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton, to serve as an education policy adviser, filling a key position that had been handled on an interim basis all year.
Maxwell announced her resignation from the House on Tuesday in an email obtained by The Associated Press. She will start working in Inslee’s legislative affairs and policy office next week, according to the email.
The move brings another Renton education voice to Inslee’s administration. The governor’s chief of staff, Mary Alice Heuschel, previously served as superintendent of the Renton School District.
Maxwell, a Realtor and small-business owner, served on the Renton School Board for eight years before being elected to the House in 2008. She has been re-elected twice.
She has served on the House Education Committee, Appropriations Committee and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Funding. She co-chaired the Quality Education Council.
She is seen as a close ally of the state teachers union, the Washington Education Association, which has donated to her campaigns.
Inslee’s interim education adviser, Lynn Macdonald, was a spokeswoman for the WEA’s Tacoma chapter when it went on strike in 2011.