Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in Jan. 13, 2020, as Speaker of the House. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in Jan. 13, 2020, as Speaker of the House. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Jinkins sworn in as WA’s first female Speaker of the House

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, is applauded by her colleagues as she becomes the first woman in Washington State history to be sworn in as Speaker of the House on Monday, Jan. 13. She is also the first openly gay Speaker of the House in state history. Those in attendance, including many wearing white in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, cheered in congratulations for Rep. Jinkins. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service


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