OLYMPIA – In addition to serving as the Democratic floor leader, Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, will serve on three key committees in the Washington State Senate. Rolfes will resume her positions on the Early Learning & K-12 Education and Rules committees, and begin serving on the Senate budgetary committee, Ways & Means.

“In a year where the state budget and education funding will be at the heart of debate in Olympia, I am very happy to be serving on these important committees,” Rolfes said on Thursday.

The upcoming 2015 session, which begins on January 12, marks an important year for K-12 education. The Legislature returns to Olympia with a court ordered mandate to fulfill their constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education, or face sanctions. In addition to the importance of the education committee this year, all bills that go to the floor of the Senate for a final vote must go through the Rules committee and/or Ways & Means.

“Although they aren’t in the headlines much, committees are a central part of the democratic process,” Rolfes added. “Measures that affect all of our daily lives, from safe ferries to good schools to property taxes, either make it through or die in a committee in the state Senate. I think I am in a good position to make sure the voices and values of the 23rd district are represented in Olympia.”

Rolfes has been in the Senate since 2011, after serving in the state House of Representatives since 2007.

For a full list of committee appointments and leadership, please click here.

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