King and Pierce County councils fill vacancy left by former Sen. Pam Roach’s resignation
Phil Fortunato was sworn in today as the 31st Legislative District’s state senator. He took the oath of office after the King and Pierce County councils voted to appoint him to the position made vacant by former Sen. Pam Roach’s resignation earlier this week.
“Pam Roach did such a remarkable job for our district and the people of Washington,” said Fortunato, R-Auburn. “I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to fighting on behalf of taxpayers and the American worker on day one.”
Fortunato will serve on three Senate committees: Financial Institutions and Insurance, Natural Resources and Parks, and Transportation.
Fortunato has been a contractor for over 30 years, starting his first business at age 18, and is a recognized expert in Clean Water Act compliance. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Auburn and have five children.
The 31st District comprises parts of King and Pierce counties and includes the communities of Auburn, Edgewood, Sumner, Lake Tapps, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Buckley, South Prairie, Wilkeson and Carbonado.
The 2017 legislative session convenes Jan. 9 and will last 105 days.