Ranker named one of nation’s top ‘pro-growth progressives’

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Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker was selected as one of 19 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.

Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, honorary chairmen of the NewDEAL, recognized Ranker’s efforts to grow his state’s economy and preserve its environment by investing in ways to make outdoor recreation an engine of economic opportunity.

“NewDEAL leaders in communities across the country have proven that winning policy solutions can be both pro-growth and progressive," Warner said. "We are proud to highlight leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective.”

Markell said that Ranker develops the type of fresh ideas and innovative solutions needed to address the challenges of the 21st century and move the nation forward.

Washington state Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd District, echoed the praise for Ranker's progressive, pro-growth leanings, citing the recently created San Juan Islands National Monument as example.

“His work at the local level to establish the San Juan Islands National Monument is just one example of his commitment to preserving our local environment, which is an economic engine for Northwest Washington,” Larsen said.

“I am proud to be recognized by the NewDEAL for my work to make smart investments for our future that spur economic growth that is sustainable,” said Senator Ranker. “I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with my fellow NewDEAL leaders and hearing about what’s working best in their communities that can help us grow and progress here in the state of Washington.”

Ranker is currently featured on the NewDEAL’s interactive website at He joins Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Senator Cyrus Habib as one of three NewDEAL leaders from Washington state.

Source: The Journal of the San Juan Islands