- Washington State Senate
The Washington State Senate is the
upper houseof the Washington State Legislature. The body consists of 49 senators, each representing a district with a population of nearly 120,000. The State Senate meets at the Legislative Building in Olympia.
As with the lower House of Representatives, state senators serve without
term limits, though senators serve four-year terms. Senators are elected from the same legislative districts as House members, with each district electing two representatives but only one senator.
upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the state senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards.
Leadership of the Senate
Lieutenant Governor of Washingtonserves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the President Pro Temporepresides over the Senate. The President Pro Temporeis elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the entire Senate through a Senate Resolution. The President Pro Temporeis the chief leadership position in the Senate. The other Senate Majority and Minority leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.
The President of the Senate is Washington Lieutenant Governor
Brad Owen. The President Pro Temporeis Democrat Rosa Franklin(D–Lakewood). The Majority Leaderis Lisa Brown (D–Spokane) and the Minority Leaderis Mike Hewitt(R–Walla Walla).
Make-up of the Senate
Members of the Senate (2007-2008, 60th Legislature)
Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, recited the first Hindu opening prayer on February 22, 2008.
Washington State Capitol
Washington State Legislature
Washington House of Representatives
* [http://www1.leg.wa.gov/Senate Washington State Senate]
* [http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/statewide.aspx Map of State Senate Districts]
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/official_state_legislator.php?type=office&state_id=WA&criteria=upper Project Vote Smart - State Senate of Washington]
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