The Washington State Senate voted today not to confirm Lynn Peterson at the head of the Washington State Department of Transportation only three years after she was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Inslee.
In a press release from Republican-controlled state Senate Majority Coalition Caucus cited concerns over alleged mismanagement dealing with the Seattle tunnel project, ‘ineffective’ Interstate 405 toll lanes, the loss of two ferries, among other concerns.
A release from Senate Democrats, whose 21 senators unanimously voted to approve Peterson, said “critical traffic relief, thousands of Washington jobs, and the health and wellbeing of our economy” were being put at risk by the Republican vote to oust Peterson.
Peterson was appointed as the head of WSDOT by Inslee, a position which does not require a confirmation vote on the outset, but which can be confirmed or ousted through a Senate vote.
The vote comes after the WSDOT implemented toll lanes on I-405, which met with a groundswell of citizen resistance.
The Democratic press release noted the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved her nomination, and a $16 billion dollar bipartisan infrastructure agreement was approved last year.