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Legislative session opens with first openly lesbian speaker

Series: WNPA | Story 2

Last updated 1/15/2020 at 2:20pm

Leona Vaughn | WNPA News Service

The 2020 legislative short session opened Monday, Jan. 13.

The 2020 Washington State Legislative session began at noon Monday, Jan. 13, with an opening ceremony in which Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in as Speaker of the House. Rep. Jinkins is the first woman, as well as the first openly lesbian person to be selected House Speaker in Washington state history.

Those in attendance, including many wearing white in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the women's suffrage movement, cheered in congratulations for Rep. Jinkins.

Local representatives include Strom Peterson on Edmonds.

This story was written by the WNPA Olympia news bureau...

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