State Rep. Tana Senn is ready to serve

September 24, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn is the state’s newest lawmaker, having been appointed to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn was the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education staff.

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn

Since her appointment, Senn, 42, has hit the ground running, meeting with 41st District mayors, and attending local events in the district that stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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Tana Senn replaces Marcie Maxwell

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.

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

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.

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Mercer Island Councilmember Tana Senn likely to be tapped for state rep next week

September 5, 2013

NEW — 8:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

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

Democrats select candidates for 41st District

August 27, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominated three candidates to replace her and presented those nominations to the King County Council.

The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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41st District Democrats select candidates to replace Marcie Maxwell

August 22, 2013

NEW — 2:22 p.m. Aug. 22, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominated three candidates to replace her and presented those nominations to the King County Council.

The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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Legislators improve attendance in legislative, special session votes

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.

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Marcie Maxwell takes position with state office

July 9, 2013

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 9, 2013

Marcie Maxwell

Marcie Maxwell

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office today 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 in July.

“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. Read more

Issaquah legislators improve attendance, special session votes

July 9, 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.

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Legislators’ priorities reflect education, transportation needs

January 15, 2013

Lawmakers confronted a familiar scenario as the Legislature convened Jan. 14 — a budget shortfall, opposing pressures to preserve essential services and rein in government spending, and a court mandate to spend more money on education.

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

Observers expect education and transportation to rank as the dominant issues in the 105-day session. The state faces a $900 million budget shortfall for 2013-15 and, in the meantime, faces a court order to increase education funding by 2018.

In addition to the statewide issues on legislators’ docket, a lobbyist hired by city leaders to represent Issaquah is in search of support for local projects, including dollars to upgrade transportation infrastructure and Lake Sammamish State Park.

Issaquah is also focused on securing state dollars for a transportation improvement district in North Issaquah near Costco headquarters and high-traffic retail centers.

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Democrats dominate Issaquah voters’ choices

January 1, 2013

Strong get-out-the vote operation boosts candidates

Democrats dominated Issaquah in the November election.

City voters chose Democrats for every federal and statewide office on the ballot — sometimes by a broad margin and others by a handful of votes.

Issaquah overwhelmingly supported Democrats in the races for president and vice president, U.S. senator and U.S. representative, and every statewide office. Only incumbent Republican Steve Litzow, a 41st Legislative District state senator representing about half of Issaquah, earned support from a majority of voters inside city limits.

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