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posted Friday, November 16, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 46
Another LGBT first for Washington state
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Another LGBT first for Washington state

Openly Gay Sen. Ed Murray elected majority leader

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) was elected Senate majority leader by his Democratic colleagues on November 13, succeeding retiring Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3).

According to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Murray is the only openly Gay Senate majority leader in the country, as well as the highest-ranking Gay official in the state. He was previously chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for the state budget.

Murray told SGN that the election was 'by acclamation,' with liberal Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36) nominating him and conservative Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44) seconding the nomination.

It was a show of unanimity that Murray may look back on with longing as he tries to manage a four- or five-vote Democratic majority - one Senate race is still too close to call - and two recalcitrant Democrats who have publicly advocated a power-sharing arrangement with Republicans.

Murray says he is not worried about the prospects of a narrow Democratic majority.

'Going back a long time now - several decades - the Senate has had pretty close majorities,' he told SGN.

'You can manage it on an issue-by-issue basis. On some issues, we can expect that some moderate to conservative senators will be with us - like Sen. Tom was on marriage, for example. On others, there will be disagreement. You just have to be open and honest about the disagreements.'

DEMS' MAJORITY TENUOUS
The Senate currently has 26 Democrats and 22 Republicans. The race for the 17th District Senate seat is still undecided. At press time, incumbent Republican Don Benton leads Democratic challenger Tim Probst by 65 votes.

To make matters even more complicated for Murray, nominal Democrats Rodney Tom (D-48) and Tim Sheldon (D-35) have advocated an odd arrangement whereby Republicans would nominate co-leaders and committee co-chairs to run the Senate alongside the Democratic leadership.

Tom and Sheldon have defected from the Democratic majority before. Last year, along with retiring Democrat Jim Kastama (D-25), they joined Republicans to seize parliamentary control of the Senate and pass an all-cuts budget. If they vote with Republicans once again, and if Benton holds on to his seat, the GOP would have a one-vote majority.

Nevertheless, Murray rejected the power-sharing proposal as unworkable.

'The Senate needs to be able to function,' and conduct pressing business including a court-ordered mandate to fund the state's school system, he told SGN.

'The key issues are funding K-12 and higher ed,' Murray said. 'Plus dealing with the effects of the economic crisis. We have to stabilize our budget. And we have to find literally billions to fund education.'

DIFFERS WITH INSLEE
Murray dismissed newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee's promise that he would not raise state taxes.

'That's his position,' Murray said flatly. 'Mine is that we put together a coalition of labor leaders, business people, people in education - that we find a 'grand bargain.' We have to find a way to increase revenue. We can also reform some programs to cut costs.'

While he clearly has his work cut out for him as majority leader, Murray would not rule out running for mayor of Seattle in 2013.

'Majority leaders run for office all the time,' he said. 'They run for Congress, they run for the Senate, they run for mayor. All the time.'

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