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  Dino Rossi appointed to his old state Senate seat
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jul 10, 2012 03:46pm
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News DateTuesday, July 10, 2012 09:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDino Rossi, the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidate who started his political career as an Eastside state lawmaker, is headed back to his old Senate seat — for five months, anyway.

Rossi was officially appointed Monday to serve out the remainder of former Sen. Cheryl Pflug’s term in the 5th Legislative District. Pflug, a moderate Republican, resigned in May to serve on the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

Rossi will be paid about $17,500 — a prorated amount of a senator’s $42,000 annual salary — for the caretaker stint. He’s not a candidate for the seat in the November election; whoever wins will take office as soon as the results are certified, usually by early December.

While the Legislature will not be in session before then, senator-to-be Rossi will need to respond to constituent complaints and requests, said Brad Hendrickson, deputy secretary of the Senate. Rossi also will probably attend some committee meetings.
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