Issaquah-area senator joins governor’s Vietnam trade mission

September 17, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s trade mission to Asia has picked up a local representative: state Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Pflug, the Issaquah-area representative in the Senate and a Republican, plans to join Gregoire and about 80 other delegates to hawk Washington products in Vietnam from Saturday to Sept. 24.

Like the other business delegates, Pflug paid for the trip herself.

The trade delegation is scheduled to visit Hanoi, the capital, and Ho Chi Minh City. Pflug plans to join the governor and Boeing executives in Hue, a city in central Vietnam, to drop off the keys to a new elementary school funded by the aircraft manufacturer.

“I am excited about the possibilities for increasing trade in our highly trade-dependent state,” Pflug said in a statement. “I am also honored to help the governor and Boeing executives present a brand new elementary school to the citizens of a small town near Hue. The Boeing Company’s international philanthropy is legendary; it has funded disaster aid around the globe and helped communities build and re-build. It will be a joy to help them in this endeavor.”

Gregoire last traveled to Asia on a trade mission in 2005. The trip resulted in more than $1 million in sales to customers in Japan and $6 million in contracts with companies in China. The business ties have since netted another $23 million in sales for Washington companies.

Pflug said the Vietnam trip prompted a change of plans.

“My only regret is that this great opportunity will cause me to miss my 35th Tahoma High School reunion in Maple Valley,” she said.

Classmates voted Pflug as Most Likely to Succeed.

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