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.

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Republicans vote both sides of abortion issue

March 12, 2013

Issaquah’s 5th District Republican representatives split on a recent vote of a controversial bill.

The Reproductive Parity Act passed the state House of Representatives March 1, mostly along party lines, with a vote of 53-43. Its language would require health insurance providers who cover live births to cover abortions. With those in favor wanting to protect the coverage of pro-choice options and those opposed attempting to protect a provider’s core values, 5th District representatives Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne played interesting roles.

Magendanz, of Issaquah, was the only Republican in the majority of voters. He took a fiscal view of the bill that separated him from his party.

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