Walsh sworn in as senator from 16th Legislative District

Sen. Maureen Walsh takes her seat on the Senate floor Monday, Jan. 9, the first day of the 2017 legislative session.

OLYMPIA – Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, longtime lawmaker from the Mid-Columbia’s 16th Legislative District, was sworn in Monday as senator, following her election last fall to the district’s Senate seat.

Walsh, who served 12 years in the House, replaces Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, who stepped down this year.

“I am honored and grateful for the trust our district has placed in me through the years,” Walsh said. “Moving to the Senate is an exciting opportunity to continue serving our district in a different capacity.”

Walsh has been named to the Senate Health Care Committee, the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee and the Senate Transportation Committee.

Walsh took the oath of office Monday on the Senate floor during ceremonies that marked the opening of the 2017 legislative session. She was among 14 new members of the Senate seated Monday.

The 16th District covers Walla Walla and Columbia counties, and parts of Benton and Franklin counties.

Justice Mary Fairhurst administers the oath as Sen. Maureen Walsh is sworn into office.