OLYMPIA – The Washington House Democrats announced today that Rep. Mia Gregerson, D – SeaTac, will chair the State Government and Tribal Relations Committee beginning in the 2019 legislative session.
The State Government and Tribal Relations Committee was previously the State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee. The committee oversees general state government policy including issues related to elections, campaign finance, and state agency rulemaking. Additionally, the committee will now also work with Tribal governments and tribal members on state policy that affects tribes.
“It is an honor to be selected as the new chair of State Government and Tribal Relations. Since becoming a legislator, I have worked to expand access to democracy and ensure that government at all levels reflects the diversity of our state,” said Gregerson, who was the prime sponsor of the Washington Voting Rights Act. “As chair of this committee, I plan to continue advocating for policies that will strengthen our democracy, provide more accountability and transparency in elections, and make sure that the voters in our state are empowered to elect leaders that represent them.”
Rep. Gregerson was first appointed to represent the 33rd Legislative District in 2013. During last session, Gregerson sat on the Local Government, Transportation, and State Government, Elections & Information Technology committees, and served as vice chair of the Labor & Workplace Standards committee.
“As a representative of the incredibly diverse 33rd Legislative District and as a Chinese-American woman, I feel a special calling to try to bring inclusivity and equity to our state wherever I can,” said Gregerson. “As chair, I will be pursuing initiatives to give voice to those who have historically been left out of the political process, including helping to break down silos and barriers that exist between state government and tribes.”