Van De Wege re-elected majority whip


State Rep. Kevin Van De Wege says he was re-elected to majority whip last week by his fellow Democrats. It’s a role he’s held since 2010, after previously serving as both deputy majority whip and assistant majority whip.

The majority whip is responsible for much of the organizational work of the House, including member attendance, vote tallying and keeping new legislators informed about process and procedure.

A leadership position also helps put Van De Wege, D-Sequim, in key budget discussions and helps him navigate legislation important for the 24th Legislative District, which includes all of Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor.

Van De Wege was re-elected with 64.25 percent of the vote across the legislative district, winning all three counties.

“The entire leadership team is ready to get to work, and I’m grateful for the vote of confidence from my colleagues,” Van De Wege said in a press release. “My district is one of the largest geographically, but is made up almost entirely of rural communities,” Van De Wege said. “It’s important these communities have an equal voice within House leadership alongside the more densely-populated urban areas. I’m proud to continue to be that voice.”