The Legislature will have a few new faces when it reconvenes in January, even though most lawmakers’ seats aren’t up for election this year.
Two new lawmakers were recently appointed to fill vacant state House seats, while another veteran House member, state Rep. Dean Takko, was appointed to the state Senate.
Takko, D-Longview, was chosen by local officials this month to replace Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, who left to take a job working on rural development issues with Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.
Stepping into Takko’s House seat will be Democrat JD Rossetti, a Longview School District boardmember who local county commissioners chose to replace Takko this month.
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Another newcomer to the Legislature is personal injury attorney Patty Kuderer, a Democrat from Clyde Hill. She replaces former state Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, who left this summer to lead the state Department of Early Learning.
A few more seats could be in flux after the election, prompting a new round of appointments.
State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is seeking election to the Metropolitan King County Council. If she wins, state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, said he will seek appointment to her Senate seat.
Should Carlyle’s bid for the Senate be successful, that would leave another vacancy in the state House, triggering another selection process for a replacement.