State Relations

September 4, 2007

Erik Poulsen to Leave State Senate

Sen. Erik Poulsen (D-Seattle), the chairman of the Senate Water, Energy and Telecommunications Committee announced this afternoon that he will be resigning his seat in the Senate effective October 1st to become the government affairs director for the Washington Public Utility Districts Association.

Poulsen, who’s district encompasses West Seattle, Burien and Vashon Island was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1994 where he served three terms.  He has been in the Senate since 2002 and was just re-elected last November.  There is no indication yet of who would be appointed to fill his unexpired term, although his two House seatmates, Rep. Eileen Cody and Rep. Joe McDermott are potential candidates.