Hawkins Congratulates Local NCAA Star on Senate Floor

As college sports fans frustratingly watch their brackets, state Sen. Brad Hawkins took a moment of personal privilege (an official parliamentary procedure) on the Senate Floor to recognize a local tie to the ongoing March Madness.

Hailey Van Lith from Cashmere returns to Washington tonight for the Sweet 16 playoffs at Climate Pledge Arena as a player for the women’s NCAA Louisville Cardinals. She scored 21 points in a recent hard-fought game against the Texas Longhorns.

Hawkins said in his floor speech of Hailey, “She’s not only a great basketball player, she’s an excellent student – one of Cashmere High School’s very best…”

Watch Hawkins’ floor speech by clicking here.