Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) today extended congratulations to Rep. Laurie Jinkins on becoming the first female and openly lesbian Speaker in Washington state history.

“This is a significant moment for the Washington State Legislature and our entire state. It signals a more inclusive future – not only in the halls of government but for households across the state.

“Having enjoyed working with Speaker Jinkins since we both joined the Legislature in 2012, I am excited to team up as the leaders of our respective chambers as we build opportunity, prosperity and equity across the state.”