Ortiz-Self re-elected as Majority Caucus Vice Chair

Jan 23, 2019

Last week, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo, was re-elected by her peers to continue serving as vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus. She has held this leadership role since 2017.

“I am honored to continue serving my caucus, my constituents and our great state in this capacity,” said Ortiz-Self. “I want to thank my colleagues for their support and confidence, and for entrusting me with the responsibilities of this position.”

As caucus vice chair, Ortiz-Self will assist Rep. Eric Pettigrew, Majority Caucus Chair, D-Seattle, with scheduling and presiding at all caucus meetings.

“It is a privilege to serve alongside such a dynamic and dedicated group of individuals,” Ortiz-Self added. “I look forward to our work this session putting people first as we diligently uphold our democratic values of fairness, justice and equality for all Washingtonians.”

Ortiz-Self will also continue serving on the Education, Human Services & Early Learning, Rules, and Transportation committees.

Ortiz-Self announced in a newsletter that she is co-sponsor of two school-based bills.

The first, HB 1265, has to do with the amount of counselors in Washington schools.

“We don’t have enough counselors at our schools to address the volume of students who, in times of crises, need trained adults to help them cope with what they’re going through,” she said. “By increasing the student-counselor ratio across Washington schools, this bill will provide students with adequate support, and give counselors the time they need to identify students who are hurting.”

The second is HB 1264, which is for secondary traumatic stress support for teachers.

“We are losing teachers at an alarming rate due, in part, to workplace stress. Coping with the effects of their students’ trauma is often draining and can have a lasting negative impact,” Ortiz-Self said. “Educators who deal with traumatized children frequently develop their own symptoms of traumatic stress. This is known as secondary traumatic stress. This bill will help assist teachers in identifying when they need help and how to access resources.”

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