Republicans control the Washington Senate. But Monday’s start of the 2015 session featured a Democratic insurgency. It happened when Republicans tried to re-elect Senator Tim Sheldon as President Pro Tem of the Senate.
Sheldon is a Democrat who in 2012 joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
Majority Republicans wanted to re-elect Sheldon to the position when suddenly minority Democrats nominated a Republican. And not just any Republican: Senator Pam Roach who’s been a lightning rod over the years.
In the end Roach won.