Washington State Senate Democrats have re-elected their leader (TRT: 46) Nicole Vukonich reports. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island: (TRT: 17) “I am very honored to have been elected as Senate Democratic Leader for the next two years. I appreciate the confidence of my caucus. We are facing very significant challenges in making sure that we provide funding for education for our kids, and therefore, their future and the future of the state of Washington.”

That’s Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island, the newly re-elected leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus. While education will likely take up most of the debate when the legislative session begins in January, Nelson adds that there will be additional priorities to address.

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island: (TRT: 13) “We also have to take a look at what we are doing for working families, particularly with income inequality, and protecting the homeless. We have 30,000 homeless children in the state. Making sure they are taken care of and other obligations are met is also critical.”