On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib was elected chair of the State Capitol Committee, a committee that approves new construction and improvements of public buildings and the acquisition of real estate on the State Capitol Campus and in the Olympia area.
In his first meeting as chair, Habib and the committee heard updates on projects in progress throughout the Capitol Campus, in addition to recommending the state name the 1063 building after former State Rep. Helen Sommers, who served for 36 years in the House of Representatives. Sommers passed away on March 7, at the age of 84. Colleagues credit her with helping to build a sustainable state pension system, write budgets, and recruit women to run for public office.
Other members of the committee include Sec. of State Kim Wyman, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, and Kelly Wicker, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Deputy Chief of Staff.