More than 500 community leaders and elected officials joined together Friday morning for the 73rd annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Olympia. Sen. Bruce Dammeier served as the master of ceremonies along with Rep. Drew Hansen of Bainbridge Island.
“While it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic legislative session, it’s incredibly important to step away and gain perspective on the work we do,” said Dammeier, of Puyallup.
About 250 college students from the Washington Student Leadership Forum also attended the event, which coincided with the organization’s annual forum. Dammeier met with a group of 20 students to discuss faith and politics during lunch
The gathering included prayer, music and scripture readings with legislators from both sides of the aisle and the Senate and House of Representatives along with statewide community leaders.
“The legislators, student speakers, musicians, Governor Inslee and Hattie Kauffman combined to make it a very powerful program,” continued Dammeier.
Kauffman, a former CBS and ABC journalist and the first Native American to report news on a national television broadcast, delivered the keynote speech.
The program began in 1941 by former Governor Arthur Langley and has been a growing tradition for people from throughout the state to join in worship.