Hansen to lead House Higher Education Committee

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Drew Hansen (D-23rd, Bainbridge Island) will once again be chair of the House Higher Education Committee when the Washington legislative session begins in January.

During elections held last week, Hansen was chosen by his colleagues in the majority Democratic caucus to chair this key committee.

The House Higher Education Committee considers issues relating to the state’s public and independent baccalaureate colleges and universities, public community and technical colleges, and private career schools. Issues include governance and coordination of higher education, financial aid, tuition, distance learning, workforce development and the licensing of private colleges and career schools.

“I want to help people get the degrees they need to get better jobs to support their families, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue this work,” said Hansen.

In addition to chairing Higher Education, Hansen will be a member of the Appropriations and Judiciary committees as well.

The 105-day 2017 legislative session begins January 9.