Statement from House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox on the election of Rep. Laurie Jinkins as House Speaker

Following the election of Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, as Speaker-designate of the House Wednesday, House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the House Republican Caucus, I offer my sincere congratulations to Representative Jinkins on her election as Speaker-designate of the House. This is a historic moment for our state.

“Leading a caucus is difficult and demanding; leading a chamber is even harder. However, I have every confidence Representative Jinkins will do an excellent job as Speaker. She and I came into the Legislature together in 2011, and we've been friends ever since. And while the Speaker must always have a statewide perspective, I'm pleased a representative of Pierce County is taking the gavel. It's where I grew up and still live to this day. It's a special place now further distinguished by being home to the first female Speaker.

“While we will have vigorous policy debates, I look forward to working closely with Representative Jinkins to find ways to be more transparent in our process and more open in debate. Through our words and actions, it is my hope we can give people across the state a sense of belonging to one Washington.”


Washington State House Republican Communications