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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ed Murray Elected Senate Majority Leader

Posted by on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

State Senator Ed Murray (D-Seattle) was elected Senate Majority Leader today:

Murray was the prime sponsor of Washington’s marriage equality law, which voters upheld this year through Referendum 74. With his election, he becomes the first openly gay caucus leader in state history and the only openly gay state Senate leader currently serving in the nation.

It's been a pretty big year for Ed, to say the least.

Now we'll have to wait on the outcome of the Benton/Probst race to see if the Dems can retain control of the Senate.


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brian 1
Fuck yeah! What great news!
Posted by brian on November 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
Does election as Majority Leader mean it's less likely Ed will run for Mayor next year?
Posted by N in Seattle on November 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 3
Ooh, maybe he should run for all the offices and be declared King of Washington.
Posted by MacCrocodile on November 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM · Report this
Fun fact: first time the speaker of the house and senate majority leader (the leaders of each chamber) are from the same district.
Posted by HMRBEAR on November 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM · Report this
NotSean 5
Well deserved.
Posted by NotSean on November 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM · Report this
@4 - As a resident of that district, I am concerned. Frank Chopp has become notorious for telling his own consitutents to go bother someone else when they have concerns: he is the Speaker of the House, after all, and doesn't have time to worry about mere voters. With Murray being elevated to a similar situation, the voice of the 43rd District will be severely diminished.
Posted by TechBear on November 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM · Report this
@7: Or doubled.
Posted by J.R. on November 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 9
Isn't it wonderful how both Patty and her husband have become so accomplished?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on November 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM · Report this
Congratulations to Ed! Great guy, great leader.
Posted by Fire Chief on November 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM · Report this
@6: as a fellow resident (and PCO) in the 43rd I totally get and agree w/your comments re Chopp and am hopeful that Ed doesn't fall into the same trap. I don't think he will, but now that he's won his main legislative battle I could easily see it happen.
Posted by gnossos on November 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM · Report this
In other news, Ed Murray isn't running for mayor.
Posted by supergp on November 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
What @2 @4 @11 @12 said.

And now to make Seattle our 59th State of the Union.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM · Report this
@12, don't bet either way yet. I would expect that if the Dem majority holds together, he'll stay in the Senate, but if Tom and Sheldon fuck everything up, even the dysfunction of Seattle city politics will seem like a paradise to Senator Murray in comparison.
Posted by c'mon girlfriend on November 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 15
Good luck and congratulations!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 14, 2012 at 3:31 AM · Report this
If the Dems retain the Senate, will Murray be the President Pro Tem of the Senate (ie Chopp's counterpart), or is that a separate position?
Posted by TechBear on November 14, 2012 at 6:32 AM · Report this
65 votes are the difference in the District 17 race with 5,200 votes left to count.

It's close.
Posted by Charlie Mas on November 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
The race swung in Benton's favor in Tuesday's count, which could leave Murray driving a clown car.

Incidentally, isn't it odd to have both houses chaired by 43rders? How often does that happen ... and does it give the R's a juicy set-up for Campaign 2014?
Posted by RonK, Seattle on November 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this

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