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Two prominent former Washington lawmakers.

TWO PROMINENT FORMER WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS died the same weekend. Senator Lorraine Wojahn (D), former president pro tem, nicknamed the "Norse Goddess of Terror," died of congestive heart failure at 92. She served in the Legislature for 32 years. When she was first elected to the House in 1969, she was one of only seven women. She helped create the state Department of Health, the Washington State History Museum and the University of Washington Tacoma campus, and was a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Former Senate Majority Leader Sid Snyder (D) began his career in the Capitol as an elevator operator in 1949. He became secretary of Senate, and in 1990 was appointed to a vacant seat. He was elected Senate majority leader in 1995, and held the post until his retirement in 2002. He was called a "giant" of state government and one of the "state's greatest leaders" by colleagues. He was 86.

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Title Annotation:PEOPLE & POLITICS; Lorraine Wojahn and Sid Snyder
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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