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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State house released member committee assignments for the upcoming 2019 Legislative session Friday afternoon.
Spokane Valley representative Matt Shea, will work on judiciary issues as a member of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee.
In a press release Shea said, ““More and more we see our civil liberties and religious freedoms under attack from all sides. It is an honor to continue in this leadership role as we work to preserve the liberties and freedoms that so many of us hold dear. This committee really deals with ‘Liberty and justice for all.’ Those aren’t just words in our pledge of allegiance – they are words to live by and words to die for, and many have.”
Shea will also take on a new leadership role by serving as the ranking Republican on the House Environment and Energy Committee.
In the last session, Shea was the caucus chair for the House Republicans but he came under pressure in October when a national publication wrote an article critical of a document Shea released that dealt with the topic of a Biblical Basis for War.
Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib help lead the charge to pressure Republicans into removing Shea from the leadership position.
In a Facebook post defending himself, Shea wrote, “I have consistently and unequivocally condemned racism, anti-Semitism and white nationalism and do so again here and now. Not only are these ideas antithetical to my political beliefs, they are in deep opposition to my faith in Jesus Christ and His love. “
Shea will begin serving his sixth two-year term in the state House of Representatives in January.
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