Following three terms in the Washington State House of Representatives, Senator Hans Zeiger was sworn in Tuesday as state senator for the 25th Legislative District. Voters selected Zeiger, R-Puyallup, in November’s general election; he took the oath of office from Washington State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens in the Senate chamber.
“The Legislature faces some of the biggest challenges in a generation,” said Zeiger. “We have our work cut out for us and I’m convinced we’re up to the task. I am grateful to the citizens of the 25th District for this opportunity to serve.”
Education will be the top issue during the 2017 legislative session and Zeiger will serve as chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. He will also be a member of the budget-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee and will serve as vice chair of the Senate State Government Committee.
In the House Zeiger worked to secure funding to complete State Route 167, took a lead role in higher education policy and gained a reputation as a bipartisan collaborator, being named by the National Institute for Civil Discourse as co-recipient of the Gabrielle Giffords Award for Civility in State Governance in 2015.
Zeiger was sworn in ahead of the 2017 session, which will begin Jan. 9, after former-Sen. Bruce Dammeier resigned Dec. 31 to become the new Pierce County executive. Zeiger will continue representing the Pierce County communities of Puyallup, Fife, Midland, Parkland, South Hill, Summit and Waller.