OLYMPIA – Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, will chair the Local Government Committee in the Washington State Senate. Securing a one-seat majority after a special election victory in Washington’s 45th Legislative District, Senate Democrats will now set the agenda for policy committees and floor voting in the coming session.

Now in his third year as a member of the Senate, Takko was selected by his colleagues to lead the Local Government Committee thanks to his record of accomplishment as an effective legislator and working to find hard-wrought compromise.

“We owe it to the people of Washington to lead by example and show what effective governance can do for our state,” said Takko. “I am committed to making the state a better partner with local governments and to reducing the barriers created by excessive bureaucracy. We can do better together.”

Takko will also serve as vice chair of the Senate Economic Development & Trade Committee and as a member of the Transportation Committee. During his tenure in the House, he also served as the chair of Local Government.