Veteran legislator pens how-to for new members

Washington Senate President Pro Tem Karen Keiser (D) began writing the book during the pandemic.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) hands the pen used to sign a bill to primary sponsor state Sen. Karen Keiser (D) on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the University of Washington’s Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

A new book from a veteran Washington State lawmaker aims to help bend the learning curve for rookie legislators just beginning their public service career.

In an interview with Pluribus News, Washington Senate President Pro Tem Karen Keiser (D) said she began the book during the pandemic, when she realized that working remotely meant the new crop of first-time lawmakers would not have the benefit of learning about the complicated institution they had just joined.

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