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State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators McDonald, Loveland, Anderson, Bauer, Benton, Brown, Deccio, Fairley, Finkbeiner, Franklin, Fraser, Goings, Hale, Hargrove, Haugen, Heavey, Hochstatter, Horn, Jacobsen, Johnson, Kline, Kohl, Long, McAuliffe, McCaslin, Morton, Newhouse, Oke, Patterson, Prentice, Prince, Rasmussen, Roach, Rossi, Schow, Sellar, Sheldon, Snyder, Spanel, Stevens, Strannigan, Swanson, Swecker, Thibaudeau, West, Winsley, Wojahn, Wood and Zarelli


Read first time 04/26/97.

Renaming the Washington State Library Building as the "Joel Pritchard State Library."  

    WHEREAS, The Honorable Joel Pritchard was elected Washington's fourteenth lieutenant governor in 1988; and

    WHEREAS, Lieutenant Governor Pritchard was only the second Lieutenant Governor in Washington history to be born in the state; and

    WHEREAS, Lieutenant Governor Pritchard gave Washington citizens thirty-two years of public service; and

    WHEREAS, His service included four terms in the state House of Representatives, one term in the state Senate, and six terms in the United States House of Representatives; and

    WHEREAS, Joel Pritchard was described in The Seattle Times at the end of his long public career as someone who built a reputation as a man "who achieves by putting public service above partisan or personal advantage"; and

    WHEREAS, Joel Pritchard recognized the importance of reading and the joy of teaching others to read and made the cause of literacy the hallmark of his term as Lieutenant Governor; and

    WHEREAS, As part of his commitment to teach adults to read, Lieutenant Governor Pritchard tirelessly crisscrossed the state to acknowledge the work of community-based literacy efforts, present citations to outstanding literacy students, and support fellow volunteers; and

    WHEREAS, Lieutenant Governor Pritchard personally volunteered as a reading tutor at Seattle's Beacon Hill Elementary School and was an energetic leader in the Washington Reads Program created to promote literacy; and

    WHEREAS, As a member of Congress, Joel Pritchard led the fight to preserve the James Madison Memorial Building as the site of an addition to the Library of Congress to preserve our nation's collection of rare and valuable books, manuscripts, and presidential papers; and

    WHEREAS, The Washington State Legislature wishes to thank Lieutenant Governor Pritchard for his contributions to further the cause of literacy, to promote libraries, and to encourage all Washington citizens to read;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the state of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That the Director of the Department of General Administration is hereby directed to rename the Washington State Library Building as the "Joel Pritchard State Library"; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That all appropriate stationery and references to the state library reflect the name change as soon as it is economically possible; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Lieutenant Governor Pritchard; the Honorable Gary Locke, Governor of the State of Washington; State Librarian Nancy Zussy; and Marsha Long, Director of the Department of General Administration.


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