OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, has been tapped by his Senate colleagues to serve on the budget-writing Ways & Means committee, and will serve as ranking Democrat on the Energy, Environment & Telecommunications committee and on the Human Services, Mental Health & Housing committee.

“The 2017 legislative session will be one of the most impactful, pivotal sessions in recent memory,” Carlyle said. “We have sweeping policy issues to tackle ranging from fully funding public education to mental health, environmental protection to homelessness and I’m honored to be in the middle of that challenge in Olympia.”

Carlyle, first elected to the House in 2008, was elected in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles who previously served in the Senate.

Carlyle lives on Queen Anne with his wife, Dr. Wendy Carlyle, and their four children.

The 2017 legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 9.