Majority Coalition Caucus

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Majority Coalition Caucus of the State of Washington
Senate leader Rodney Tom
House leader None
Colors Purple, Red
Seats in the Upper House
26 / 49
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The Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) is a caucus formed on December 10, 2012, by all 23 Republican members of the Washington State Senate and two Democratic senators. Its membership constituted a majority of the chamber's 49 members, allowing it to take control of the Senate from the Democratic caucus whose members had previously formed a majority. The MCC, operating much like a coalition government, offered an equal number of committee leadership positions to Republicans and Democrats. Senate Democrats accepted only three of the nine positions offered them. The Republicans strengthened their position by gaining one seat in the 2013 election.

Formation and organization[edit]

In the November 2012 elections, Republicans gained one seat in the Washington State Senate, reducing the Democratic majority to 26 out of 49 seats, a two-seat majority. On December 10, 2012, two Democratic state senators, Tim Sheldon and Rodney Tom, announced they would caucus with the Republicans to create a Republican Majority Caucus with 25 of 49 seats.[1][2]

The MCC has the power to appoint the chairpersons and members of the twelve policy and three fiscal committees that play a leading role in considering and advancing legislation, much like U.S. Senate committees. The MCC proposed six Republican chairs and six Democratic chairs, and co-chairs drawn from both parties for the there remaining committees.

Senate Democrats rejected offers to chair or co-chair any committees offered them except three: Steve Hobbs chairs the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, Brian Hatfield chairs the Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee, and Tracey Eide co-chairs the Transportation Committee with Curtis King.[3]

The MCC's two Democratic members were given leadership positions: Rodney Tom is Senate Majority Leader, Tim Sheldon (MCC) is the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate. Republican Mark Schoesler heads the Senate Republican Caucus, which continues to operate even while all its members belong as well to the MCC.[1][4]

The election of Republican Jan Angel in 2013 to the Senate gave the MCC a two-seat majority. Rodney Tom characterized this as an "exponential" increase in the coalition's leverage.[5]

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Coalition Non-coalition
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 25 49 0
Begin 23 2 24 49 0
May 29, 2013[6] 22 48 1
June 5, 2013[7] 23 49 0
November 9, 2013[8] 23 2 23 48 1
November 27, 2013[9] 23 2 24 49 0
December 17, 2013[10] 24 2 23 49 0
Latest voting share 53% 47%

Democrat-Led Committees[edit]

Committee Makeup Chair Ranking Member
Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development 4 D / 3 MCC Brian Hatfield Jim Honeyford
Financial Institutions & Insurance 3 D / 3 MCC Steve Hobbs Don Benton

Majority Coalition Caucus-Led Committees[edit]

Committee Makeup Chair Ranking Member
Commerce and Labor 4 MCC / 3 D Janéa Holmquist Newbry Steve Conway
Early Learning & K-12 Education 6 MCC / 5 D Steve Litzow Rosemary McAuliffe
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications 5 MCC / 4 D Doug Ericksen Kevin Ranker
Government Operations 4 MCC / 3 D Pam Roach Bob Hasegawa
Health Care 5 MCC / 4 D Randi Becker Karen Keiser
Higher Education 4 MCC / 3 D Barbara Bailey Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Human Services & Corrections 4 MCC / 3 D Mike Carrell Jeannie Darneille
Law and Justice 4 MCC / 3 D Mike Padden Adam Kline
Natural Resources & Parks 4 MCC / 3 D Kirk Pearson Christine Rolfes
Rules 13 MCC / 9 D Brad Owen Tim Sheldon
Trade & Economic Development 4 MCC / 3 D John Braun Maralyn Chase
Ways & Means 13 MCC / 10 D Andy Hill James Hargrove

Co-Chaired Committee[edit]

Committee Makeup Co-Chair MCC Co-Chair Dem
Transportation 9 MCC / 7 D Curtis King Tracey Eide

List of MCC members[edit]

District Senator Party Residence First elected
2 Randi Becker Republican Eatonville 2008
4 Mike Padden Republican Spokane Valley 2010
6 Michael Baumgartner Republican Spokane 2010
7 John Smith Republican Colville 2013*
8 Sharon Brown Republican Kennewick 2013*
9 Mark Schoesler Republican Ritzville 2004
10 Barbara Bailey Republican Oak Harbor 2012
12 Linda Evans Parlette Republican Wenatchee 2000
13 Janéa Holmquist Newbry Republican Moses Lake 2010
14 Curtis King Republican Yakima 2007*
15 Jim Honeyford Republican Sunnyside 1998
16 Mike Hewitt Republican Walla Walla 2000
17 Don Benton Republican Vancouver 1996
18 Ann Rivers Republican La Center 2012
20 John Braun Republican Centralia 2012
25 Bruce Dammeier Republican Puyallup 2012
26 Jan Angel Republican Port Orchard 2013
28 Mike Carrell Republican Lakewood 2004*
31 Pam Roach Republican Auburn 1990
35 Tim Sheldon Democratic (MCC) Potlatch 1996
39 Kirk Pearson Republican Monroe 2012
41 Steve Litzow Republican Mercer Island 2010
42 Doug Ericksen Republican Ferndale 2010
45 Andy Hill Republican Redmond 2010
47 Joe Fain Republican Auburn 2010
48 Rodney Tom Democratic (MCC) Bellevue 2006
  • Originally appointed

Responses[edit]

Most local media initially responded with cautious optimism to the announced coalition,[11] though the Spokesman-Review responded with skepticism.[12] Democratic leaders denounced the MCC as "the exact opposite of collaboration" and denied that it was bi-partisan.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tom, Rodney; Schoesler, Mark (December 16, 2012). "Op-ed: State Senate's new Majority Coalition Caucus will govern across party lines". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Washington State Senate: Republicans Claim Majority After Democrats Defect". HuffPost. December 11, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Legislature: Power play puts Senate in GOP hands". Seattletimes.com. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Op-ed: 2013-14 Policy Committee Structure". Senate Republicans. December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jordan Schrader (November 7, 2013). "With Jan Angel's victory, state Senate majority will grow". The News Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Republican Mike Carrell (District 28) died. [1]
  7. ^ Republican Steve O'Ban appointed to replace Carrell. [2]
  8. ^ State Sen. Nick Harper abruptly resigns. [3]
  9. ^ McCoy appointed to fill Harper's state Senate seat [4]
  10. ^ Angel's swearing in is scheduled for December 17 [5]
  11. ^ Thanh Tan (December 13, 2012). "Editorial Round-Up: Washington newspapers cautiously optimistic about Senate's new Majority Coalition Caucus". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jim Camden (December 16, 2012). "Spin Control: Coalition majority might not be so great". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Ed Murray and Karen Fraser (December 13, 2012). "Op-ed: Don't call the state Senate's Majority Coalition Caucus bipartisan". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 

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