Washington state to swear in first Black senator in 10 years

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state will welcome several first-time lawmakers this year for the legislative session expected to begin on Monday, including the state’s first Black senator in 10 years. KING-TV reported that T’wina Nobles is scheduled to be sworn in as a state senator Friday, and is expected to start her new role on Monday. Nobles unseated Republican incumbent Steve O’Ban. The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission said the competitors combined spent more than $1.7 million on the race, not including independent expenditures. Nobles was previously the CEO and president of the Tacoma Urban League for more than three years. A search is underway for her replacement.