Senator Keith Wagoner took his oath in the Senate Chambers on January 8, 2018. Before that, he was officially sworn in Wednesday January 3, 2018 as the 39th Legislative District’s state senator.
Wagoner had been mayor of Sedro-Woolley since 2015, after five years on the city council. The retired U.S. Navy Commander succeeds Kirk Pearson, who stepped down in November to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as its Washington state director for rural development.
“While I’m proud to be the first state senator from Sedro-Woolley, I’m most looking forward to representing the interests of the entire 39th District. I want to learn the job and do my best to support the 39th District and the state as a whole,” Wagoner said.
Because the 39th District spans parts of Skagit, Snohomish and King counties, each commissioner or councilor in those counties had a say in naming a new senator. The vote, also conducted that
Wednesday, was unanimous for Wagoner – something not common with such appointments.
Wagoner serves on the Senate’s Economic Development and International Trade Committee, and its budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.