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From Representative Dave Upthegrove's Uptheblog
The 2007 legislative session begins tomorrow. For the next 105 days, all of us Legislators will be in Olympia considering legislation and budgets. We work 12+ hour days with no breaks. It will be difficult for me to keep my blog up, but I am going to try to give a few highlights every couple days. I also am going to try to occassionaly post video blogs here on the UptheBlog...some raw footage from behind the scenes of the WA State Legislature at work...interviews with legislators...and maybe a couple real-time updates when something exciting happens. I hope to capture some of the chaos, humor and human side of the craziness of the legislative session.

I don't know about the rest of Washington, but here in South King County, the Democratic state Representatives really are representatives of the people.  They are out there at community and social and political events and they're friendly and they talk with people.

Representative Upthegrove is in this tradition.  I don't live in his district, the 33rd, but I see him often. When I showed up to wave signs for NO on I-912 on the corner of 1st Avenue and 148th Street in Burien, he was there. I saw him at the July 4 parade in Covington -- or was that Kent? He was at a Drinking Liberally in Burien a few months ago. I saw him at a candidates forum in the Kent library before the election. There was a community dinner recently too... what was that? I lose track.

Upthegrove is Chair of the House Select Committee on Puget Sound, and here he is quoted in a recent Seattle Times article on the legislative agenda for the environment. Here's his My Space page.  I subscribe to it and occasionally follow the links to the blog entries, which tend to detail days packed with meetings with teachers, environmentalists, journalists, lobbyists, business people, other legislators and government officials, etc. He notes meeting blogger, Andrew Villeneuve, founder of Northwest Progressive Institute at a recent event. One of the entries not too long ago recounted a triathlon he completed: running, biking, swimming. Then he dried off and went to a meeting or panel or something. How cool is that!

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Rep. Upthegrove began his work in Olympia as the Legislative aid to Sen Kathleen Drew 5th dist. He then went to work for Rep. Julia Patterson and became chair of his democratic district. When Julia was elected to the KC council, David was appointed to fill her seat and has since been elected and reelected to that seat. He also works as a staff person for KC council person Patterson.
David is a raising star for good reason. He sets an example for all legislators through his hard work and by keeping in touch with the people of his district.

by Particle Man on Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 09:50:38 AM PST

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