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Ranker appointed to U.S. Oceans' Committee
Washington state Senator Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, has been appointed to the federal National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee.
The appointment was announced Wednesday by the Obama administration.
As chairman of the state Senate Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee, Ranker has played a leading role in developing legislation involving protection and the use of Washington's oceans and marine waters. Ranker anticipates that his appointment to the federal panel will prove beneficial to Washington state.
“There has to be a balance between environmental and economic concerns in all communities, but it’s vitally important in Washington state because our lives and livelihoods are so intertwined with our oceans and marine waters,” Ranker said in a prepared statement. “A committee member that understands this level of inter-connectivity is vital.”
As part of his committee assignment, Ranker will represent coastal states and those bordering the Great Lakes, as well as legislatures throughout the country. He is one of 18 committee members who were selected to represent various states, local governments and federally recognized tribes.
In his role on the U.S. Oceans' governance committee, Ranker will help in coordinating implementation of federal policy that involves oceans and that affect state and local governments throughout the country.
“From tourism to real estate, to building, to our ports and commerce, local industries across the country rely on healthy oceans and marine waters,” he said. “I look forward to ensuring that what works in the Atlantic also works in the Pacific."