Spokane Sen. Andy Billig to lead Washington Senate

Spokane Sen. Andy Billig to lead Washington Senate

Senate Democrats elected Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane to be their new leader on Monday.

Billig will take over immediately, replacing Sen. Sharon Nelson who announced her retirement earlier this year.

He takes over a majority that has already increased its numbers to a 27-22 margin following last week’s election. Two other races for Republican-held seats are currently in recount territory.

Billig was first elected to the state House in 2011 and has served in the Senate since 2013. He’s currently the only Democrat in the Senate from eastern Washington.

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