Sen. Mona Das, D-Covington was sworn in to the Washington State Senate on Monday to represent the 47th Legislative District.
Das was elected to the seat in November, upsetting two-term incumbent Joe Fain, R-Auburn.
Das, 47, will serve as vice chair of the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee. She will also serve on the Senate Transportation Committee, the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee, and the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.
This session, she plans to advocate for the environment, communities of color and equity for women.
“I am truly honored that the voters of the 47th District have put their trust in me, and chose me to represent them in the Senate,” Das said. “I promise to work tirelessly for my constituents and all Washingtonians during this 2019 Legislative Session, promoting equity and fairness.”
Das, who was born in India, is one of four women of color now serving in the Senate.
“Despite the ongoing racist rhetoric throughout our country, including by our president, voters have put their confidence in women of color,” Das said. “I’ll be serving this session alongside three other strong women who fight for equity in our state. I’m excited to see what we, and the Senate Democrats in general, can accomplish in 2019.”