OLYMPIA – Sen. Joe Nguyen (D- White Center) was elected Assistant Floor Leader today by the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus.

“I am extremely honored that my colleagues chose me for this role and eager to get to work building a Washington that works for everyone this legislative session,” said Nguyen.

The Assistant Floor Leader supports the Floor Leader in setting Senate floor agendas and works with bicameral and bipartisan leadership to facilitate discussion. Sen. Marko Liias (D – Lynnwood) was reelected as the Senate Democratic Caucus Floor Leader by the caucus on Monday.

“We’ve seen so much suffering and difficulty this year. Even with work happening behind the scenes, I’m ready to start passing policies that support our small businesses and essential workers, prioritize the health of Washingtonians, and address the racial injustices that sparked worldwide protests this summer,” Nguyen added.

Nguyen was first elected to serve the 34th Legislative District in 2018 and sits on the Transportation, Environment, Energy & Technology, Rules, and Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation committees. He has focused on restoring cash benefits to those most in need, rebalancing Washington’s tax structure to help working people, and reforming the criminal justice system.

The 2021 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 11, 2021, and will essentially take place virtually to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.