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Dhingra sworn in, Democrats gain control of both chambers

November 30th, 2017|

King 5 / Nov. 29, 2017
By Allison Sundell

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State Senator Manka Dhingra was sworn in to office Wednesday giving Democrats control of the state House and Senate for the first time in five years.

Dhingra, who won a special election in the 45th Legislative District, said the victory is huge.

“The hope really is that a lot of these bills that had bipartisan support in the House that died in the Senate will be able to be passed,” Dhingra said. “We’re really looking forward to governing, governing inclusively, making sure everyone’s voices are heard.”

Washington also joined Oregon and California with Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers and the governor’s office.

“The blue wall is significant,” Dhingra said. “I think it’s more like the blue wave. It’s significant, because it helps to highlight the issues that are coming from the other Washington.”

Dhingra said her top priorities will be education funding, mental health issues, and gun reform.

The seat replaces late Republican Sen. Andy Hill, who died in October 2016.

Dhingra is a King County prosecutor who supervises a mental health court, a veterans court, and diversion program.

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    Manka Dhingra sworn in; Washington State Senate now has a Democratic majority

Manka Dhingra sworn in; Washington State Senate now has a Democratic majority

November 30th, 2017|

The Cascadia Advocate / Nov. 29, 2017
By Andrew Villeneuve

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Control of the Washington State Senate officially passed into Democratic hands for the first time in five years this afternoon as Senior Deputy Prosecutor Manka Dhingra was sworn in as the state’s newest senator, succeeding Republican Dino Rossi, who was appointed to take the place of the late Andy Hill a year ago.

At a ceremony in the King County Courthouse, surrounded by friends, family, and jubilant supporters, Dhingra took the oath of office and now begins her duties as the newest legislator from Washington’s 45th Legislative District.

“I’m humbled and proud to represent the communities of the 45th Legislative District,” Dhingra said. “I promise to represent each and every one of my constituents with integrity, honesty and a commitment to solving problems with my colleagues—regardless of their party affiliation. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I am confident that by working together we can make progress toward a better future for our district, our state and our country.”

Dhingra will serve on the Transportation, Law and Justice, and Human Services & Corrections Committees; she will also serve as vice chair of the latter two.

The 45th is a suburban, increasingly Democratic district that includes neighborhoods in Redmond, Kirkland, and Sammamish as well as the cities of Woodinville and Duvall. The fast-growing district has been represented in the state House of Representatives by widely respected Democrats Roger Goodman and Larry Springer for more than a decade. Now it has a Democratic state senator too.

Dhingra is the second Democrat to represent the district in the Washington State Senate, following Eric Oemig, who served from 2007 to 2011. The term she was just elected to will end on January 14th, 2019, but she will have opportunity to win a full four year term next year during the 2018 midterms.

Washington’s Legislature failed to pass a capital budget during the 2017 regular and ensuing first three special sessions, so participating in the completion of that unfinished business is likely to be one of Dhingra’s first tasks as a legislator.

Governor Jay Inslee has the option of calling a special session in December to pass the capital budget, but Republicans would need to provide enough votes to authorize the bonds that are necessary to implement much of the budget as written. A three-fifths vote of the Legislature is needed to authorize the bonds

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    Manka Dhingra sworn in as senator to the 45th Legislative District

Manka Dhingra sworn in as senator to the 45th Legislative District

November 30th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Manka Dhingra was sworn in today as the state senator for the 45th Legislative District. Dhingra’s swearing in gives Democrats a 25-24 majority in the Senate ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session.

“I’m humbled and proud to represent the communities of the 45th Legislative District,” Dhingra said. “I promise to represent each and every one of my constituents with integrity, honesty and a commitment to solving problems with my colleagues—regardless of their party affiliation. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I am confident that by working together we can make progress toward a better future for our district, our state and our country.”

A King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney and longtime advocate for women, children, and veterans, Dhingra is slated to serve as vice chair of the Senate Law & Justice and Human Services & Corrections committees in 2018.