On Monday, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, was sworn in to serve a second term representing the people of the 27th Legislative District.

“I am dedicated to continuing the work that I have started to ending racial disproportionality within the adult and juvenile corrections systems, working to reduce poverty, and representing the good people of Tacoma. I am honored to have been chosen to serve a second term,” Darneille said.

Darneille will continue to serve as the ranking Democrat on the Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, and also serves on the Law & Justice Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.

In addition to continue work associated with these committees, Darneille represents the Senate Democratic Caucus on several boards, commissions, and task forces, including the Washington State Historical Society, the Caseload Forecast Council, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the delivery of Services to Children and Families, as well as the Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals. Other task forces address issues relating to children’s mental health, aging and disability services, commercially sexually exploited children, child support, and the oversight of the state welfare system.

Darneille was elected to the Senate in 2012, after serving 12 years in the House of Representatives.

She lives in Tacoma with her husband and has three grown sons and one grandson.