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    Legislature honors Franklin on Senate floor, celebrates oral history

Legislature honors Franklin on Senate floor, celebrates oral history

January 31st, 2020|

A groundbreaking former state lawmaker has chronicled her experiences in the Legislature in a biographical oral history.

All proceeds from sales of Rosa Franklin — A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice will go into an account that funds Capitol preservation, the state library and archives, and the legislative oral history program.

“When Sen. Sam Hunt called me several months ago and said ‘the legislative oral history committee has voted for you to tell your story,’ I thought maybe he was kidding,” former Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-Tacoma) said Monday while being honored on the Senate floor. “It is indeed a deep honor to be back. It’s overwhelming, really.”

Franklin was the first black woman elected to the Senate and represented the 29th Legislative District in Tacoma for 20 years, but her long legislative career is only one aspect of her storied path. Sen. Steve Conway succeeded Franklin upon her retirement following the 2010 session.

Before Franklin won election to the Legislature, her 42-year career in health care brought her from South Carolina to Washington state and included stops in Brooklyn, Colorado, Germany, and the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, among other venues.

An inductee in the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame, Franklin holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Puget Sound and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington State Democratic Party.

“Rosa Franklin’s lifelong commitment to social justice is an inspiration in a time when many have lost faith in government,” wrote Tamiko Nimura, the book’s author.

Franklin’s legislative achievements ran the gamut from establishing the state’s housing and anti-discrimination policy in her freshman year, to eliminating redundant requirements for nursing credentials, to enabling voters to approve public financing of election campaigns. She served as Democratic Whip, as Majority Whip, and twice as President Pro Tempore.

Alexander Scott serves as page in Washington State Senate

January 30th, 2020|

Alexander Scott, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24.

Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma) sponsored Scott’s week in the Legislature.

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“While I found working on the Senate floor interesting, I had the most fun in page school learning how a bill is created and doing the mock committee hearing,” said Scott.

Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“Among other things the bipartisanship of the legislature has positively influenced me to become more interested in Public Service.” added Scott.

Scott is in 9th grade at Spanaway Lake High School. In his free time he enjoys JROTC.

For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov

Jordan Codington serves as page in Washington State Senate

January 30th, 2020|

Jordan Codington, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24.

Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma) sponsored Codington’s week in the Legislature.

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“I really appreciated how friendly everyone here at the Capital is, many people including senators and representatives would stop us pages to ask us about ourselves or what we think about different bills,” said Codington.

Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“The most interesting thing that I’ve done this week has been working on the Senate floor and seeing how they are so relaxed and have side conversations.” added Codington.

Codington is in 11th grade at Spanaway Lake High School. In her free time she enjoys eSports club.