Andy Hill Remembered As Socially Liberal, Friend To Rural Washington

Nov 14, 2016

Washington state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, is being remembered as a social liberal who was a friend to rural Washington. Hill died last month after a recurrence of cancer. He was memorialized Monday on the Senate floor.

Democratic leader Sharon Nelson said Hill leaves a lasting legacy.

“He was a supporter of marriage equality, he worked to expand Medicaid in our state and he had a dogged pursuit of the Vulnerable Individuals Priority Act which today and in the future will continue to benefit those with disabilities,” Nelson said.

Hill was the Senate’s chief budget writer. Sen. Tim Sheldon from rural Mason County recalled how Hill found money in the budget to help out after the closure of a mill left hundreds out of work.

“Andy quietly put $500,000 in the budget to help the city of Shelton,” Sheldon said. “I thought that was a lot of money, but I sure wasn’t going to argue.”

Hill leaves behind a wife and three children.