Going in to the 2015 legislative session, there looks to be no major shakeups in Washington state House Democrats’ leadership.
Democrats once again selected Rep. Frank Chopp of Seattle to be their choice for House speaker, the most powerful position in the chamber, according to a release Tuesday afternoon from the party.
Other senior leaders stayed in their posts, as well. Rep. Pat Sullivan of Covington will remain majority leader and Rep. Eric Pettigrew of Seattle will remain majority caucus chair, according to the release. Rep. Kevin Van De Wege of Sequim will remain as the party’s majority whip.
There was, however, one fresh face. Rep. Kris Lytton of Anacortes was selected as majority floor leader. She takes over from Rep. Tami Green, who vacated her seat in an unsuccessful bid for the District 28 Senate seat this year.
There are still some deputy positions to be selected (for the whip and floor leader positions), that will be voted on at a later date, according to Melinda McCrady, communications director for the House Democrats.
Chopp’s selection as speaker and the vote for speaker pro tem must be confirmed on the first day of the session by the entire House.