December 5, 2016
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Rossi appointed to Senate as interim replacement for Sen. Andy Hill

Former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi was sworn in as state senator this afternoon after being chosen as a one-year replacement for the late Sen. Andy Hill. Rossi will fill Hill's 45th District Senate seat during the upcoming legislative session and through the fall, when a special election will be held next November. Rossi said he will not run to hold the seat during that special election.

Rossi had previously served in the state Senate from 1997 through 2003, when he chaired the Ways & Means Committee, helping write a state budget that erased a big deficit without a general tax increase. That experience will be relevant, Rossi said.

“It’s the same issues, just bigger numbers,” Rossi said. “It’s not just one decision, it’s thousands of decisions stacked on top of each other and my goal is to help the chairman sort through that.”

AWB honored both Rossi and Hill with the Sen. Jim Matson Award for legislative support of the employer community. Rossi received the award in 2008; Hill in 2014.

The Seattle Times has more.

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