12/06/2008: "Ranker Receives His Work Load"
Soon to be the freshman state Senator for San Juan County and the rest of the 40th district, Kevin Ranker will start off as the vice chair of agriculture (Chair: Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond), and also vice chair of natural resources, ocean & recreation (Chair: Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle).
He will also serve as a member of the Transportation Committee and Environment, Water & Energy Committee. Ranker said his membership on the Transportation Committee will allow him to focus on the immense role that Ferries play in the 40th District, as well as safety projects.
“We’re all excited to have Kevin joining us in Olympia this year. His experiences as a San Juan County Commissioner will be a tremendous addition to our caucus as we work to balance a budget deficit and protect jobs in our state,” Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, said.
“it’s a great honor to help lead the Senate in our efforts to help protect the environment and cultivate jobs and development in rural areas like our district, and all across Washington,” Ranker said.
“I’m looking forward to help bring about the change that Americans are looking for in their Government,” Ranker said. “Once we get started in January with the Legislative session, we’ll be making tough fiscal decisions but our commitments to the environment and to protecting jobs must remain steadfast.”
Ranker represents Washington’s 40th District, which encompasses San Juan County, and parts of Whatcom and Skagit Counties, including Bellingham and Mount Vernon. The 2009 Legislative session is scheduled to convene on January 12th for a 105-day session.