Becker welcomes another woman to the Senate — temporarily

OLYMPIA… Sen. Randi Becker says she “couldn’t be happier” with the choice to appoint Marlo Braun, wife of John Braun, to temporarily fill her husband’s place while he is deployed with the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Today’s appointment comes out of necessity since Braun – John, not Marlo — will be unable to be in Olympia during the last days of 2017’s third special legislative session, which ends Thursday.

With the temporary appointment of Marlo Braun as senator for the 20th Legislative District comes a distinction Becker, R-Eatonville, happily points out – the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, composed of 24 Republicans and one Democrat, surpasses the Senate Democratic Caucus for the number of women serving in the Washington State Senate.

Becker had this to say:

“The women in our caucus are amazing leaders and I’m confident Marlo Braun will fit right in. John is such an asset to our caucus and to the state of Washington and we wish he could join us to finish out the legislative year. But, while he’s away serving our country, I’m thrilled Marlo will join us. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Brauns.

“Given we already had a record number of female Republican senators, it’s exciting that Marlo makes it 10 out of 24. Both caucuses have nine women senators, but Marlo makes it 10 for us. Not that any of us are counting.”

“Most importantly, though, I believe she will serve her district well while John is away.”

Washington state law (RCW 73.16.041 ) provides for a temporary appointment in the event military duty conflicts with that of the Legislature. In 1991, then-Sen. Mike Kreidler, D-Thurston County, was a reservist and was called up for active duty. His wife Lela served in his absence. In 2005, Jon Wyss took the place of Sen. Brad Benson, R-Spokane, for three days while Benson was away on military training.