Sen. Liias selected to chair Senate Transportation Committee
Last updated 12/17/2021 at 12:10pm
Sen. Marko Liias (D- Everett) was chosen to chair the Senate Transportation Committee in an internal vote Thursday, Dec. 9, by the Senate Democratic Caucus.
"It is an honor that my colleagues trust me with this responsibility and have selected me for this position," Liias said. "As we face dramatic changes to transportation revenue and mobility options, this is our moment to write a visionary, equitable, climate-focused transportation package that invests in our shared priorities while respecting our real and unique local needs."
The position became open last month following the appointment of the prior chair, former Sen. Steve Hobbs, to lead the Secretary of State's office. Liias had served as vice chair of the House Transportation Committee from 2008 until his appointment to the Senate in 2014 and helped negotiate the Legislature's last transportation revenue package in 2015.
"I am humbled to have this opportunity, and eager to get to work building a Washington that is accessible for everyone," Liias said.
Liias' role as transportation chair is scheduled to be confirmed when the Legislature begins the 2022 legislative session on Jan. 10.
Liias represents the 21st Legislative District, which includes Mukilteo, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Lynnwood and Everett.