OLYMPIA – Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, will serve on four key Senate committees when the 2018 legislative session begins in January.

McCoy, who will continue to serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chair, was chosen by his colleagues to serve on the following committees:

• Energy, Environment & Technology
• Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks
• Transportation
• Rules

“It’s an exciting time in Olympia and I’m looking forward to taking on a few new roles this year,” McCoy said. “I will continue to focus on critical water and land use issues as well as technology challenges like the expansion of high-speed internet throughout rural and underserved areas.”

The committee changes stem in part from Democrats gaining a one-seat majority in the Senate after winning a special election earlier this month in the 45th Legislative District. With Democrats back in the majority, they now have the power to set the agendas of Senate committees and floor action, determining which bills will be heard and brought up for votes.

The 2018 legislative session gets underway in Olympia on Jan. 8.