Jacquelin Maycumber takes seat as newest 7th District state representative


Legislator: Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber
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The state’s newest lawmaker was sworn in to office this week and is ready to get to work. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

SATTGAST: For the past eight years, Jacquelin Maycumber has served as legislative assistant to Representative Shelly Short of the 7th District in Northeast Washington. But several days ago, the district was thrown into a disarray of legislative musical chairs when Senator Brian Dansel resigned to accept a position with the Trump administration.

Short was appointed the new senator and within a day, Maycumber was appointed the newest House member from the 7th District.

A Republican from the tiny town of Republic, Maycumber says she plans to work as hard as the people who put their trust in her.

Maycumber: “I was shaking someone's hand the other day and I looked at my hands and saw how wrinkled and calloused they were. I got a little self-conscious. And then I realized they are calloused and wrinkled because I earned those callouses and wrinkles. And everyone in the 7th District earns their dollar, their hard work, their land, their home. They're hard-working people and I want to make sure I represent that here.”

SATTGAST: Maycumber is wasting no time getting to work. She's writing a bill that would increase wildfire suppression in low-populated counties, such as the 7th District.

John Sattgast, Olympia.

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