Chad Magendanz starts role as state representative

January 15, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013

State Rep. Chad Magendanz, a former Issaquah School Board member, took the oath of office Monday to represent Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District in Olympia.

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

Magendanz, a freshman Republican and 17-year resident in the district, succeeded longtime former state Rep. Glenn Anderson in the House of Representatives seat.

Magendanz is the assistant ranking member on the House Education Committee, and also serves on the House Higher Education and House Technology & Economic Development committees.

“It is an honor to be trusted to represent the people of the 5th Legislative District,” Magendanz said in a statement. “Having been involved in education reforms for several years, I am looking forward to continuing the education reform and funding discussion in my exciting new role.”

The 105-day legislative session opened Monday, as lawmakers gathered in Olympia to tackle the 2013-15 state budget and a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall.

During the fall campaign between Magendanz and North Bend Democrat David Spring, education emerged as the overarching issue — a theme Magendanz returned to Monday.

“I will remain focused on how we prepare our students for the careers our state’s employers have to offer,” he said. “I will also be a strong advocate for smaller, leaner government that focuses on the priorities of government, creating less bureaucracy in the lives of private individuals. While working to ensure equal opportunity, we must remain free to choose our own paths, accept our own risks, and benefit from the rewards of our efforts. This is the American dream.”

The district’s other state representative is North Bend Republican Jay Rodne. Issaquah Democrat Mark Mullet is the district’s state senator.

Mullet, a freshman lawmaker, took the oath of office in November to fill the remaining weeks in former state Sen. Cheryl Pflug’s term.

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