Following up this morning's Fizz item about the AP report that found lacking numbers of non-whites in state government (5 percent of Gov. Gregoire's not-so-diverse Cabinet and 18 percent of state employees), we did some bean counting of our own.

We went a step further and counted the number of state reps and senators who aren't white.  The final count: ten  (five Asian American reps, three Hispanic Americans, one Native American and one African American).

Here's the roster:

  • Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44)

  • Sen. Paull Shin (D-21)

  • Sen. Margarita Prentice (D-11, also President pro tempore of the Senate)

  • Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-11)

  • Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (D-46)

  • Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-1)

  • Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37)

  • Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37)

  • Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32)

  • Rep. John McCoy (D-38)


This crew makes up 6.8 percent of the Washington state legislature, compared to 22.7 percent of Washingtonians who identify as nonwhite (including those of mixed race).
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