Former Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner honored by state Senate


OLYMPIA -- The state Senate today honored former senate majority leader and 16th District legislator Jeannette Hayner, who died late last year.

State senators approved the resolution to recognize Hayner, whose career with the legislature spanned 20 years. The measure was sponsored by Senate Minortiy Leader Mike Hewitt, who represents the 16th District.

Hayner became state Senate Republican leader in 1979. In 1981, when Republicans took the majority in the Senate, she became the first female in Washington to hold the title of Senate majority leader.

"Jeannette Hayner offered a tremendous model for us to follow, especially in terms of her leadership skills, her ability to work effectively across the aisle and her deep desire to serve her community," Hewitt said in a release. "I was proud to have been her friend, and am honored to follow in her footsteps serving our district and as leader of the Senate Republican caucus."

"Sen. Hayner was my own representative and senator for many years, and as a private employer I had the opportunity to get to know her by working with her on issues before the legislature," Hewitt said. "I think of her often when making decisions and working with my legislative colleagues. She set an excellent example for all of us."

Read the resolution

Full text of state Senate Resolution 8615 honoring the late Sen. Jeanette Hayner:


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