At their biennial reorganization meeting today, state Senate Republicans selected Senator-elect Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, as caucus whip.
After serving in the Washington House of Representatives since 1998, Ericksen ran for 42nd District senator earlier this month and was elected to fill the position held by retiring Sen. Dale Brandland when the 2011 legislative session begins on January 10. Whatcom County will certify the election on November 23.
As caucus whip, Ericksen will count votes on critical legislation and act as a point of contact for the location of members during floor sessions.
Ericksen was also a member of leadership while serving in the House, most recently as Republican floor leader.