Senate honors late Sen. Mike Carrell

Senate honors late Sen. Mike Carrell
State Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers remembered the late Sen. Mike Carrell, passing a resolution in his honor on the Senate floor.

Monday's resolution was the second remembrance in the Senate in recent weeks for Carrell, who died last month at age 69 from complications related to his treatment for a blood condition. Carrell suffered from myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as pre-leukemia.

Gov. Jay Inslee attended and spoke at the memorial honoring Carrell, a retired math and science teacher who served 10 years in the House before first being elected to the Senate in 2004. He was re-elected to the Senate twice, most recently in November.

Steve O'Ban, a former state representative, was sworn in to office last Wednesday after the Pierce County Council on Tuesday chose him to fill Carrell's seat.

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