Billig re-elected deputy minority leader, continues to serve on K-12 and budget committees

December 21st, 2016|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, will retain his role as the deputy leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus when the Washington State Senate convenes in 2017. Billig was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues at today’s Senate Democratic Caucus reorganization meeting. As deputy minority leader, Billig will help guide the Senate through what is expected to be a busy and historically important legislative session.

“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to fully fund our schools and make sure that every child in this state has the resources they need to follow their dreams,” said Billig. “As deputy minority leader, I will continue to work as hard as I can to represent the values and priorities of the people of Spokane. I know that we can produce a responsible budget that helps create opportunities and builds prosperity for the people of Spokane and everyone across the state.”

Billig will also continue to serve on the Early Learning & K-12 Education committee, the Rules committee and the Way and Means committee – the panel responsible for budget and fiscal issues.

“As deputy minority leader, I am fortunate to work on a wide range of issues. But, I am particularly excited to continue my focus on helping children be successful in school and in life, supporting small businesses, and championing campaign finance reform.”

In addition to serving on these committees, Billig serves on the board of the Washington Institute for Public Policy. He is also a member of the Education Funding Task Force which is tasked with producing a recommendation to the Legislature on how the state can resolve the McCleary ruling.