August 12, 2014
Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.
Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.
June 3, 2014
For the first time in years, Washington Votes did not list local politicians at the top of its annual Missed Votes Report.
In the 2014 legislative session, Reps. Jay Rodne (R-5th, North Bend) and Chad Magendanz (R-5th, Issaquah) as well as Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) ranked low in the report.
Magendanz didn’t miss any votes and Mullet only missed two. Rodne missed the most out of local representation, with eight total.
May 13, 2014
Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.
He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.
“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”
March 3, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2014
State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn, Democrots, 41st Legislative District, host a telephone town hall from 6:10-7:10 p.m. March 4 to talk about their work in the state Legislature and the issues that matter most to them.
Under the telephone town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive automatically generated telephone calls to their homes in the 41st Legislative District at about 6:10 p.m.
Those who want to participate, but who aren’t called, can dial toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and enter PIN code 18646 when prompted. Constituents may ask questions for their representatives to answer live by pressing *3 on their phones during the call, and they may listen to the live conversation to hear the questions from their neighbors and Clibborn’s and Senn’s answers.
February 18, 2014
Residents can join local legislators to discuss the ongoing session in Olympia at town hall meetings in Sammamish and Newcastle this Saturday.
Meet state Sen. Steve Litzow and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn — 41st Legislative District lawmakers — at the Feb. 22 meetings.
January 14, 2014
State Sen. Steve Litzow invites residents of the 41st District to join him for a telephone town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.
The one-hour forum will be largely question-driven by participants who will have the opportunity to discuss issues before the Legislature during the 2014 session.
September 10, 2013
Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn will fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.
The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.
It marks a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who worked for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago.
September 5, 2013
NEW — 8:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013
Washington’s newest state lawmaker is likely to be Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn, who likely will be appointed to the state House next week.
A Metropolitan King County Council committee unanimously voted this week to send Senn’s nomination to the full council on Monday, spokesman Al Sanders said. She had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill a vacancy created by former state Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.
If the selection is formalized, it will mark a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who work for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago. Read more
July 16, 2013
State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office July 9 to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.
Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser.
“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement.
July 16, 2013
In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers.
WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.
Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.