Washington Senate Majority Back To 25 Members

By Austin Jenkins

The Washington Senate’s coalition caucus has reclaimed its majority status. Republican Steve O’Ban was sworn in Wednesday.

He fills the seat of the late Mike Carrell who died last week during treatment of a pre-leukemia condition. O’Ban’s appointment was fast-tracked in order to restore the mostly Republican coalition’s one vote majority during final budget negotiations.

A memorial to the late Senator Mike Carrell is on display in the Washington Senate. Republican Steve O’Ban has been sworn in to replace Carrell who died during treatment for a pre-leukemia condition. Photo by Austin JenkinsO’Ban says he hopes to emulate Carrell’s legislative style.

 “I’m not drawing any lines in the sand at this point. I just know we’ve got to get a deal done," O'Ban said. "People want a bipartisan solution, we’re going to get a bipartisan solution.”

O’Ban was just elected in November to the Washington House as a freshman. He got emotional when asked what it was like to now fill the seat of his late friend Sen. Carrell. O’Ban calls it “hard” and “humbling.”

A memorial to the late Senator Mike Carrell is on display in the Washington Senate. Republican Steve O’Ban has been sworn in to replace Carrell who died during treatment for a pre-leukemia condition. Photo by Austin Jenkins

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