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When Do Newly Elected Officials Assume Office?
 
Elected Office Title Assume Office
U.S. Senator Noon on the 3rd day of January (US Constitution, Amendment XX, Sec 1 & 2)
U.S. Congress Noon on the 3rd day of January (US Constitution, Amendment XX, Sec 1& 2)
State Senate Second Monday in January (RCW 44.04.021)
State Representatives Second Monday in January (RCW 44.04.021)
State Officials The Wednesday after the second Monday in January (RCW 43.01.010)
Supreme Court Second Monday in January (WA Constitution, Article 4 Section 3)
Court of Appeals Second Monday in January (RCW 2.06.070)
Superior Court Second Monday in January (RCW 2.08.070)
District Court Second Monday in January (RCW 3.34.070)
County Officials January 1 (RCW 29A.20.040)
Public Utility Commissioners January 1 (RCW 29A.20.040)
Precinct Committee Officers First day of December, following the primary election (RCW 29A.80.051)
Cities and Towns Mayor/Councils January 1 (RCW 29A.020.040)
Fire, Cemetery, Parks and Recreation
Commissioners
January 1 (RCW 29A.20.040)
Olympia Municipal Judge January 1 (RCW 3.50.040)
School Districts First official board meeting following election certification (RCW 28A.343.360)
  • All unexpired term positions take office upon election certification.
  • All short plus full term positions take office upon election certification and again in January.