Appreciation for Legislatureís departing public servants
The governorís signature on the 2012 supplemental operating budget wasnít even a day old when the state Capitol was rocked Thursday with news that Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown will not seek re-election this fall. A Spokane stalwart and a 20-year veteran of the Legislature, Brown is only the latest in a growing line of announced retirements and departures from the Legislature.
Those in higher education circles will recognize the names of a few others, perhaps most notably Rep. Phyllis Kenney of Seattle, Rep. Glenn Anderson of Fall City and Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyallup. Others, such as Craig Pridemore of Vancouver, have championed the urban campuses WSU has developed in their communities.
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