Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, will take over as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Law and Justice Committee as the legislature convenes the 2015 session.
“We will have a lot of important issues to consider in 2015. I am excited to get to work with my colleagues on the committee as we face another challenging legislative session,” Pedersen said.
The committee considers issues in both civil and criminal law.
Pedersen, who represents the 43rd Legislative District, served as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee for five years before his appointment to the Senate in 2013. He was re-elected to the Senate in November.
The Senate Democratic Caucus announced committee changes for the session, which starts Jan. 12 and is expected to last 105 days.
Pedersen will also serve on the Senate Transportation and the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee.