State Rep. Glenn Anderson outlines priorities

January 11, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson outlined priorities for the legislative session Monday, as the Fall City Republican started a sixth term representing Issaquah in Olympia.

Anderson, alongside dozens of other freshmen and veteran lawmakers, took oaths of office as the 105-day session kicked off at the Capitol.

The state faces a $4.6 billion budget gap. Gov. Chris Gregoire and state leaders said residents should brace for deep cuts to education and state services.

Anderson focused on job creation and education as the legislative session started.

“Our state is facing extraordinary challenges that will require extraordinary measures,” he said in a statement. “My priorities are very straightforward: First, enable the creation of private-sector jobs; second, craft a state budget that lives within the taxpayers means; and last, foster a world-class education system that provides ability for all to acquire the learning and skills to make a life for themselves and not be dependent on others.”

Anderson serves as the top Republican on the Education Appropriations Committee. The panel considers funding issues related to education from kindergarten to college.

The committee lineup for Anderson includes the Education Committee — the panel tasked with K-12 education policy and finance issues — and the Technology, Energy & Communications Committee.

Anderson represents Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. The district includes part of Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

Voters elected Anderson to the seat in 2000 and re-elected the veteran legislator in subsequent contests. Anderson defeated North Bend Democrat David Spring in 2008 and again in November.

Upon election or re-election, each legislator must swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and the state Constitution.

Other Issaquah legislators took office Monday, except for state Sen. Steve Litzow. Because the Mercer Island Republican defeated a Democrat to fill former Sen. Fred Jarrett’s unexpired term, Litzow took office last month.

Issaquah is spread across the 5th, 4lst and 48th legislative districts. The local delegation includes a half-dozen representatives and three senators.

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