Sen. Mark Schoesler of Ritzville was picked to be the new Senate Republican leader, replacing Sen. Mike Hewitt who announced he wasn’t seeking reelection for the leadership position.
Schoesler has served in the state Legislature for 20 years, and is a member of the Senate budget-writing committee.
Senate Republicans also elected other members of their leadership team, including:
- Caucus Chair: Linda Evans Parlette of Wenatchee
- Floor Leader: Joe Fain of Auburn
- Whip: Ann Rivers of La Center
- Deputy Leader: Don Benton of Vancouver (Benton is ahead by just 78 votes in Clark County, where a hand recount is expected to officially determine the winner)
- Caucus Vice Chair: Sen.-elect Bruce Dammeier of Puyallup
- Deputy Floor Leader: Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside
- Deputy Whip: Sen.-elect John Braun of Centralia