26th District’s Angel selected for state Senate banking and insurance committees

OLYMPIA — Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, was chosen to lead the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee during the next session of the Washington State Legislature, which opens Jan. 9.

Angel, who represents the 26th Legislative District, is no stranger to the committee. She has previously served as committee co-chair and vice chair in past sessions.

The veteran legislator finds the task at hand to be one of the Senate’s more challenging subjects.

“I’ve spent years in banking and insurance,” she said. “I hope to continue providing consumer protections that adapt to changing products and technology while maintaining a stable and competitive environment for business in Washington,” Angel said in a statement released by her office.

Angel was a banker for 14 years and also has been a licensed insurance agent and co-owner of a property casualty insurance company.

The Port Orchard legislator said she was chosen for the newly formed Senate Local Government Committee because of her experience dealing with local issues while spending eight years as a Kitsap County Commissioner. While in that role, Angel worked at state and national levels by serving with the Washington Association of Counties and National Association of Counties.

An assignment as a member of the Senate Law and Justice Committee will allow Angel to focus on Department of Corrections issues, particularly addressing those affecting the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Purdy, which resides within the 26th District.

In the last legislative session, Angel also was a member of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee and the Senate Health Care Committee.

Caldier, Young awaiting assignments

On the House side, the Democratic majority is still sorting out committee assignments for that larger body. State Rep. Michelle Caldier, 26th Legislative District House member, and her seat mate State Rep. Jesse Young expect to stay focused on issues relevant to their current committee assignments. Caldier has been assistant ranking minority member of the House General Government & Information Technology Committee. In addition, Caldier was a member of the House Education Committee and the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

Her fellow state representative in the 26th Legislative District, Jesse Young, served on the House Rules Committee, House Technology & Economic Development Committee and the House Transportation Committee.

The print version of this article in the Port Orchard Independent indicated State Reps. Caldier and Young had received their committee assignments for the upcoming session. In fact, they will receive their assignments as early as the end of this week.