Sen. Joe Nguyễn (D-White Center) has been elected vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee by his Senate colleagues. He will step into the role while continuing to serve as chair of the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.
Nguyễn was appointed to the role on Thursday. He will serve alongside Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), who is stepping into the chair position following Sen. Christine Rolfes’ retirement from the Senate.
In his new role, Nguyễn will oversee allocation of Washington’s $70 billion operating budget and play a prominent role in shaping the future of Washington. He is committed to centering the state’s investments on the needs of the state’s various communities.
Nguyễn first became a member of the Ways & Means Committee during the 2023 Legislative Session and immediately took on the role of budget writer, helping guide the state’s funding of critical services, including investments in behavioral health, public schools, affordable housing, and a historic investment to combat the climate crisis.
“I am honored to be selected to serve as vice chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. I am extremely grateful to have the support of my colleagues and look forward to taking on a greater role in the continued development of our state’s economic well-being,” Nguyễn said. “This committee plays a pivotal role in shaping Washington’s fiscal stability, and I am committed to working diligently to ensure we craft budgets and policies that promote prosperity and opportunity for all.”
Nguyễn will officially step into the role following a full vote of the Senate on the first day of the 2024 Legislative Session.