Chad Magendanz fills House leadership role
June 13, 2013
NEW — 11:50 a.m., June 13 2013
State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District) was chosen by his colleagues to fill the role of assistant floor leader for the House Republican Caucus.
The assistant floor leader is a key member of the leadership team that helps coordinate the debate on the House floor.
Rep. Steve O’Ban previously served in the role. After the death of Sen. Mike Carrell last month, O’Ban was called to replace him in the Senate, leaving the position open. The House Republican caucus voted to appoint Magendanz the new assistant floor leader.
“I am honored to have the confidence from my peers to help advance debates on the issues we are dealing with in Olympia, such as living up to our constitutional mandate to fund education in the state budget before any other state government program,” Magendanz said in a statement. “As a first-term legislator and former Issaquah School Board president, I believe I bring a fresh perspective to how the decisions made in Olympia impact our kids. And, I have experience leading discussions in the workplace and at school board meetings that, while sometimes difficult, were always respectful.”
The first 30-day special session adjourned June 11. The governor announced that same day a second special session to begin June 12 to finish work on the 2013-15 state operating budget no later than June 30.
“My hope is we continue our work in a meaningful way that engenders good will to compromise on a state operating budget that funds education first and focuses on taking care of the most vulnerable among us. As assistant floor leader, I will encourage my colleagues to stay on the path to find common ground so we can adjourn session with a bipartisan budget we can all support,” Magendanz said.
In addition, Magendanz is the assistant ranking member on the House Education Committee. He also serves on the House Higher Education, Rules and Technology and Economic Development committees.
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