State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, was elected as the Senate's vice president pro tem, making her one of three people chosen to preside in the chamber in Olympia.
Brown, who is starting her first full regular session as a senator, was elected to succeed retired Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds. She said in a statement that she gained experience handling a gavel and conducting meetings as mayor pro tem in Kennewick.
"While I'm disappointed that Sen. Shin stepped down sooner than expected, which made this position open, it's encouraging that the Senate chose a woman for the job, considering our Majority Coalition Caucus now has a record number of female senators among its members," Brown said in a statement.
Brown will run the meeting when neither the lieutenant governor nor Senate pro tem are there.