Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins

Washington House Elects Its First Female Speaker

Jan 13, 2020

The Washington legislature opened its 2020 session today [Monday] in Olympia.

House members chose Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) as their new leader, replacing longtime speaker Frank Chopp. Jinkins is the first woman to serve in that role.

After her swearing in, she talked about the road trip she took last fall to visit nearly every House member in their district. And she vowed to work with her colleagues on problems that affect all families.