House Republicans Name New Leader

Hours before the end of the 60-day legislative session Thursday, state House Republicans elected a new minority leader. Rachel Case with the Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.

On Tuesday, Representative Dan Kristiansen of Snohomish announced that he would finish his term, but not seek re-election in November. He also stepped down as House Republican Leader – a position he’s held since 2013.

On Thursday, the last day of the 2018 legislative session, House Republicans elected a new leader — 2nd District Representative J.T. Wilcox of Yelm.

WILCOX: “I love this caucus. And these are the greatest people I’ve ever worked with.”

CASE: Wilcox has served as House Republican floor leader since 2012. He is the former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Operator of a fourth-generation family egg and dairy business in Roy.

Wilcox talked about his priorities as the new House Republican leader. . .

WILCOX: “Families are the building block of our society. Economic success is important. But rebuilding community in the sense of attachment that people have, I think is. . . it should be the top priority of everybody in our society, because we’ve lost a lot.”

CASE: House Republicans also elected Representative Drew Stokesbary of Auburn as their new floor leader. Representative Drew MacEwen becomes the assistant floor leader. And for the former House Republican leader, Dan Kristiansen. . .

KRISTIANSEN: “It’s time to go home. It’s time to get re-acquainted with my family, spend more time with them. I’m still young enough to do that. I’m healthy and I’m really looking forward to it.”

CASE: Rachel Case, Olympia.