Rep. Michelle Caldier recognized by the Seattle CityClub for working across the aisle

During its annual legislative preview last week, Seattle CityClub recognized Rep. Michelle Caldier for working across the aisle during the 2015 legislative session. Caldier cosponsored 13 Democratic bills during the session.

“People should always come before politics,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “That's why I have and will continue to support good legislation that benefits my constituents and the state, regardless of which legislator is the prime sponsor. We may have different ideas and approaches, but a vast majority of legislators are truly eager to come together and develop positive solutions for our state.”

Several other legislators were also recognized by Seattle CityClub for their bipartisanship during the 2015 session.

“These legislators inspire me,” said Seattle CityClub Executive Director Diane Douglas in a letter. “They embody Seattle CityClub's foundational values – respecting political difference, fostering civil discourse and achieving compromise to advance the public good.”

When asked what school of thought has helped her reach across the aisle, Rep. Caldier responded, “When you are willing to expand your network to include members of the opposite party, you can accomplish so much more as a legislator. That doesn't mean you abandon your principles, but if you share a willingness to put politics aside and work for the greater good of Washingtonians, you'll find this job much more rewarding.”

Seattle CityClub engages 47,000 Washingtonians with each other and their communities through programs that bridge politics, professions and generations. Its mission is to inform, connect and engage the public to strengthen the civic health of the Puget Sound region.

The 2016 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 11, and is scheduled to last 60 days.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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