OLYMPIA, WASH. – Today, Black Members Caucus Chair Rep. Jamila Taylor (D-Federal Way) released the following statement honoring the life of former Washington state Senator and Representative George Fleming. Fleming, who passed away earlier this week, represented Washington state’s 37th Legislative District from 1968-1990.
“Sen. George Fleming leaves behind a towering legacy. The second Black Senator ever elected in Washington and the first to chair the Senate Democratic Caucus, Fleming was a tireless advocate for the underrepresented. Among his many accomplishments were the creation of the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises and the Housing Finance Commission, both of which still serve Washingtonians and work to reduce inequality. Fleming’s dedication to public service was an inspiration to a generation of leaders. The Black Members Caucus stands on his considerable shoulders.”
“Before he entered politics, Fleming had a legendary football career, twice winning the Rose Bowl with the Huskies before playing professionally. He has been named a Husky Legend and is enshrined in the University of Washington Athletics and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame for his exploits. On behalf of the Black Members Caucus, I want to extend my sincere condolences to his family, and all those who were inspired by his example.”