Rossi appointed 45th District senator, succeeding late Sen. Andy Hill

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Rossi appointed 45th District senator, succeeding late Sen. Andy Hill

King County Council names veteran leader to serve until November 2017 election

OLYMPIA… Dino Rossi became the 45th Legislative District’s state senator today. He took the oath of office after the King County Council appointed him to the position made vacant by Sen. Andy Hill’s Oct. 31 death from cancer.

“No one can replace Andy Hill, who did such a tremendous job for our legislative district and the people of Washington. I am in awe of the things he accomplished as Senate budget leader. My goal is simply to put my Senate experience to work for my neighbors in 2017, until they have an opportunity to make their own choice,” said Rossi, R-Sammamish, who served as state senator from the neighboring 5th District for a total of 6½ years.

A change in legislative-district boundaries in late 2012 put Rossi’s home into the 45th District, where voters had elected Hill in 2010 and again in 2014. He will serve until the November 2017 election, when the district’s voters will choose someone for the final year remaining in Hill’s second four-year term.

As a senator from 1997 through 2003, Rossi was known for his work on public safety and particularly, while budget leader, for crafting a bipartisan 2003 state operating budget that erased a huge deficit without a general tax increase. He stepped down to run for governor in 2004; after his successor as 5th District senator resigned to accept a gubernatorial appointment in mid-2012, Rossi returned to the Senate at the King County Council’s request to serve out the months remaining in the term.

Rossi said he looks forward to being part of the bipartisan Senate Majority Coalition Caucus that has led the 49-member chamber since the 2013 legislative session.

“The MCC has done terrific things for our state these past four years – especially for students, for families and for our economy. I am honored to become a member, although I certainly wish it was under other circumstances,” he said.

Rossi is approaching this latest round of public service as a temporary opportunity.

“My life is busy enough already. I’m just glad I can contribute,” he said.

The 2017 legislative session convenes Jan. 9 and will last 105 days.