OLYMPIA — Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) was elected deputy majority leader Thursday by the Senate Democratic Caucus, after previously serving as the majority caucus whip.

“I’m honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to step into a greater leadership role,” she said. “Together, we’ve worked hard to put the needs of our neighbors first and expand access to opportunity for every Washingtonian. The thousands of conversations I’ve had with neighbors over the past many months have highlighted some of the work ahead. I’m excited to dig in alongside my colleagues in 2023, and I can’t wait to see what our dedicated and dynamic team accomplishes in the coming months and beyond — it’s time to get to work.”

Randall, who was first elected to the state Senate in 2018 and is the chamber’s youngest elected member, will remain chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee and continue serving on the Health & Long Term Care and Transportation committees, pending confirmation by the full Senate in January.