Majority Coalition Caucus
The Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) is a mostly Republican caucus of the Washington State Senate formed on December 10, 2012, by two Democratic senators, Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon, and all twenty-three Republican senators. The MCC shifted effective control of the state senate from the Democratic caucus to the overwhelmingly Republican coalition.
As a caucus with a bare majority in the forty-nine member state senate, although the election of Republican Jan Angel bolstered the majority, the MCC has the power to appoint chairs 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. However, much like a coalition government, the MCC offered committee leadership to both Republicans and Democrats, proposing six Republican chairs, six Democratic chairs, and three committees led by co-chairs, one Republican and one Democrat.
Senate Democrats rejected the offer to chair or co-chair all of committees offered to 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.
After 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, publicly announced that they would caucus with the Republicans to create a Republican Majority Caucus with 25 of 49 seats.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||23||25||49||0|
|May 29, 2013||22||48||1|
|June 5, 2013||23||49||0|
|November 9, 2013||23||2||23||48||1|
|December 4, 2013||24||2||22||48||1|
|Latest voting share||54.2%||45.8%|
|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
|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|
|Committee||Makeup||Co-Chair MCC||Co-Chair Dem|
|Transportation||9 MCC / 7 D||Curtis King||Tracey Eide|
List of MCC members
|4||Mike Padden||Republican||Spokane Valley||2010|
|10||Barbara Bailey||Republican||Oak Harbor||2012|
|12||Linda Evans Parlette||Republican||Wenatchee||2000|
|13||Janéa Holmquist Newbry||Republican||Moses Lake||2010|
|16||Mike Hewitt||Republican||Walla Walla||2000|
|18||Ann Rivers||Republican||La Center||2012|
|26||Jan Angel||Republican||Port Orchard||2013|
|35||Tim Sheldon||Democratic (MCC)||Potlatch||1996|
|41||Steve Litzow||Republican||Mercer Island||2010|
|48||Rodney Tom||Democratic (MCC)||Bellevue||2006|
- Originally appointed
Most local media initially responded with cautious optimism to the announced coalition, though the Spokesman-Review responded with skepticism. Democratic leaders denounced the MCC as "the exact opposite of collaboration" and denied that it was bi-partisan.
- "Legislature: Power play puts Senate in GOP hands". Seattletimes.com. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- Rodney Tom and Mark Schoesler (2012-12-16). "Op-ed: State Senate’s new Majority Coalition Caucus will govern across party lines". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Washington State Senate: Republicans Claim Majority After Democrats Defect". HuffPost. Dec 11, 2012. Retrieved Dec 11, 2012.
- Republican Mike Carrell (District 28) died. 
- Republican Steve O'Ban appointed to replace Carrell. 
- State Sen. Nick Harper abruptly resigns. 
- Republican Jan Angel won special election against Nathan Schlicher. 
- "Op-ed: 2013-14 Policy Committee Structure". Senate Republicans. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
- Thanh Tan (2012-12-13). "Editorial Round-Up: Washington newspapers cautiously optimistic about Senate's new Majority Coalition Caucus". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- Jim Camden (2012-12-16). "Spin Control: Coalition majority might not be so great". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- Ed Murray and Karen Fraser (2012-12-13). "Op-ed: Don’t call the state Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus bipartisan". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- Official Announcement
- Video of News Conference Announcing Senate Coalition
- Governing Principles of the Coalition Caucus
- Coalition Committee Structure