By Guy Bergstrom, Washington State Democrats Senior Communicaitons Specialist.
When the House of Representatives starts the 2019 session in January, Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) will hold the gavel as Speaker Pro Tem. During the last week in November his fellow lawmakers gave him the position for the second time.
“It’s an honor to be elected by my colleagues to this role,” Lovick said.
He went on to say, “I work hard to be fair to all lawmakers—Democrats and Republicans, from every corner of the state—while we are debating and voting on legislation.”
Lovick has served as speaker pro tem and deputy speaker pro tem in the past. This is his second stint in the House of Representatives. He was first elected to the House in 1998 and left in 2007 to serve as Snohomish County Sheriff and Snohomish County Executive (2013-15).
His career began with 13 years in the Coast Guard, including patrols off the waters of Alaska, followed by 31 years as a State Trooper. He was named Trooper of the Year in 1992.
In 1993, Lovick was elected to the Mill Creek City Council, where he served as mayor pro tem.
He has lived in Snohomish County for 38 years and is married to a retired teacher.
Lovick still volunteers at the elementary school that his own children attended.
“Life is about serving others,” Lovick said. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve my fellow members of the House and look forward to working together to make Washington state a better place to live, work and raise a family.”