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    Ranker re-elected to key leadership role writing state budget

Ranker re-elected to key leadership role writing state budget

November 19th, 2015|

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, will retain his position as the number-two Democrat on the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee that controls the vast majority of state spending.
“I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve in this critical role,” Ranker said. “While many bills shape the values of our state and our local communities, few bills have the impact on those values that the budget has.”
“Sen. Ranker is doing a first-rate job of making sure Washington values have been represented in the state’s budget,” said Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island. “He is a skilled negotiator with the ability to work with Republicans to produce a budget we can all live with.”
At the same time, Ranker was also chosen to continue his role on the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee.
Though neither action is official until voted on by the full Senate when the Legislature convenes in January, his selection for these positions this week by his peers in the Senate Democratic Caucus renders the final action more or less a formality.

Ranker: Ruckelshaus, Frank merit highest civilian honors

November 18th, 2015|

The considerable accomplishments of two iconic Washingtonians will be recognized with America’s single highest civilian honor next week at the White House when President Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bill Ruckelshaus and, posthumously, to Billy Frank Jr.
“These two incredible Washingtonians and absolutely remarkable Americans well deserve this recognition,” Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, said today. “Because of them, our state is a better place and our country is a better nation.”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to those “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House statement.
Ruckelshaus is being honored for his work as a “dedicated public servant who has worked tirelessly to protect public health and combat global challenges like climate change,” according to the White House.
Frank is being honored for his “tireless advocacy for Indian treaty rights and environmental stewardship and for his activism that paved the way for the Boldt decision which reaffirmed tribal co-management of salmon resources in the state of Washington.
“What those of us who know Bill and knew Billy understand is that there could be no two individuals who are more deserving of this honor,” Ranker said. “They dedicated their entire lives to making our world a better place — not only for us but for generations to come. Washington State is extremely fortunate to have had these two giant Americans call this great state home.