Freshman lawmaker has auspicious first day in Olympia

By Dan Aznoff | Feb 01, 2019
Photo by: Dan Aznoff

First-term legislator Jared Mead (D-Mill Creek) enjoyed a rare honor on his first day in Olympia representing the 44th Legislative District.

Mead nominated fellow representative John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) as House Speaker Pro Tem of the lower house of the state Legislature. Lovick remains the first and only African-American to serve in the leadership role.

"I'm excited to get to work on issues important to all of our families back home, like making your morning commute faster and reducing the skyrocketing burden of college tuition," said Mead. He’s serving on the Transportation and College and Workforce Development committees, as well as with Environment and Energy.

At 27, the Jackson High School graduate became the youngest lawmaker in the state house when he was sworn in Jan. 14.

Mead praised Lovick's history of treating every lawmaker – and every person he meets – with dignity and respect.

"The good gentleman has a saying: Whenever I meet someone, I learn something," Mead said during his nominating speech on the floor of the House. "I’ve had the good fortune of meeting the gentleman from the 44th at critical moments in my life.”

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