By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
His fellow lawmakers elected Mill Creek resident John Lovick to the position of Deputy Speaker Pro Tem in the Washington State House of Representatives on Monday, January 9, 2017.
Lovick will share the Speaker Pro Tem duties with Representative Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions.
For the first year of the session, he’ll serve as Deputy Speaker Pro Tem and she'll serve as Speaker Pro Tem, and then they will switch in 2018.
Orwall, who has served as Deputy Speaker Pro Tem in legislative sessions since 2011, said, “It is an honor to preside over the House as we debate issues that the people who sent us to Olympia care deeply about.”
Lovick added, “We make a good team, and it takes a team on days when we might debate important bills until midnight or beyond. I appreciate the chance to do this again and look forward to working together with lawmakers from around the state to give our kids and grandkids a better life.”
Lovick served as Speaker Pro Tem during his previous stint in the House of Representatives, before leaving the legislature to take on the Snohomish County Sheriff and Snohomish County Executive jobs.
He returned to the House of Representatives in June of last year after being appointed to take Hans Dunshee’s vacant seat, when Dunshee resigned to serve on the Snohomish County Council.
In November Lovick was elected to a two-year term as State Representative in the 44th District.
As a member of the Early Learning & Human Services, the Education, and the Transportation committees, Lovick will have the opportunity to enact laws addressing Washington State’s most difficult problems.
In June Lovick said, “There’s nothing more important to our economy and our future than making sure every child gets a great education.”
“Not some children—all children, no matter where they live, what color of skin they may have or how much money their parents make. Every child deserves the same fundamental education in our public schools.”
The Washington State Supreme Court has ordered the legislature to fully fund public schools by 2018.