OLYMPIA - Sen. Kevin Ranker, D – Orcas Island, was sworn in for his second term in office at the Capitol on Monday, January 14.
Ranker represents the 40th Legislative District which includes parts of Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties. He has built his career on protecting the rights of women, ensuring Washingtonians have good jobs, preserving the beauty and integrity of Washington’s environment and natural resources, and championing legislation for marriage equality.
In his first floor speech of the 2013 session, Ranker pointed out that “the November elections sent a powerful message – voters want pro-choice, pro-education and pro-environment representation in Olympia.” In light of this, he has declined the offer to chair a committee under the new Republican majority caucus, and instead will act in the interest of his constituents as a member of the Democratic minority.
“In the end it doesn’t matter what my title is, what matters is that we govern, and we govern well and that we truly represent the voters of Washington State. This means continuing to protect and advance women’s reproductive rights, equality and the environment while remaining laser focused on job creation.”