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Seattle State Sen.-Elect Scott White to Take Over as Majority Whip

By Josh Feit December 6, 2010

State Rep. Scott White (D-46, N. Seattle), who is moving to the state senate this year to take  retiring state Sen. Ken Jacobsen's seat, has been appointed to the majority whip position, fourth in the hierarchy. He will replace ousted state Sen. Chris Marr (D-6, Spokane Suburbs)—who lost to Tea Party favorite Michael Baumgartner.

FWIW to those keeping score, White was one of the five Seattle-area reps (vs. the remaining six) who voted against the infamous cost overruns provision. White has been a behind-the-scenes worker bee, keeping a low-profile during his tenure in the house. (He is being replaced by liberal David Frockt.)

Other caucus appointments:

Sen. Karen Fraser (D-22, Thurston County) takes over the number two spot, majority caucus chair (the current caucus chair, Seattle-area Sen. Ed Murray is moving to ways and means chair); Sen. Tracy Eide (D-30, Federal Way), who won a squeaker re-election in November, will remain as floor leader; and Sen. Margarita Prentice (D-11, Renton) will take over as president pro tempore from retiring Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-29, Tacoma). (Prentice is giving up her longtime spot as ways and means chair to Murray.)

State Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane) will remain senate majority leader.
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