Though it still calls itself the Majority Coalition Caucus, Republicans won an outright majority of the state Senate in last month’s election.
As such, when the coalition Tuesday evening announced committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session, it did away with the handful of Democrats that had served as committee chairs or co-chairs.
The name of one Democrat, however, remains on the roster. Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, was named vice chair of the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee. Sheldon, who crossed the aisle with another Democrat two years ago to give the GOP control through the coalition, was re-elected in November and will keep caucusing with Republicans.
The coalition also created a new committee, the Accountability and Reform Committee, that will focus on government oversight. Newly elected Republican Sen. Mark Miloscia of Federal Way (formerly a Democratic House member) will chair that committee.
See a full list of the coalition’s committee leaders here.