ABOVE: Washington state Rep. Laurie Jinkins. (Photo from Facebook)
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) | Democrats elected the first female speaker of the House in Washington state on July 31.
With the selection of state Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, Washington becomes the eighth state to have a woman in the top spot in the House and is now the second state to have a gay speaker of the House, joining Oregon. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, seven other states have female speakers of the House: Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont.