Washington State Senate
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OLYMPIA – John Smith was sworn into office Monday, officially filling the unexpired term of retiring 7th Legislative District Sen. Bob Morton.
Smith, a Republican from Colville, received the oath of office from state Supreme Court Justice James.
“Taking the oath of office was not only the culmination of events over the past several weeks, but a proud moment in my life,” Smith said. “The 7th District is the place I call home, and my love for the region, the culture, and the people is why I am honored to serve them in the Senate.”
The 7th District includes Ferry and part of Okanogan counties, among others.
“My goal is to be a voice for northeastern Washington and center my attention on the economy and how we can rejuvenate it through better use of our district’s abundant natural-resources,” Smith said.
Smith will serve on the Senate Trade and Economic Development, Natural Resources and Parks, and Transportation committees.
Smith is part of the new Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, which formed in December for the purpose of leading the Senate in a way that encourages more collaboration and emphasizes policy over politics.
“I am looking forward to getting to work,” Smith said. “I am glad to join the Majority Coalition Caucus during a time when we need to have a united and bipartisan focus on the needs of our state and citizens. The coalition’s principles clearly define our state’s biggest priorities and reflect my focus this session: produce a sustainable budget, develop a thriving economic environment where jobs are plentiful, and create a world-class education system.
Smith was unanimously appointed Jan. 3 by commissioners from each of the represented five counties in the district to replace retired Morton.
The 2013 legislative session began Jan. 14, and is scheduled to last 105 days.