Dino Rossi back in the state Legislature

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Washington state Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson, left, swears in state Sen. Dino Rossi, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Rossi, who previously served in the state Senate before unsuccessful runs for governor and U.S. Senate, is serving out the remainder of former Sen. Cheryl Pflug's term. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

OLYMPIA, Washington - Dino Rossi is back in the state senate after being appointed to fill a vacancy.

The Metropolitan King County Council picked him to fill the seat left behind by Sen. Cheryl Pflug, who left to take a job with the Washington Grown Management Hearings Board, KIRO 7 news partner The Olympian reported.

The seat, in Washington’s 5th District, was once Rossi’s; Pflug succeeded him in 2004.

Rossi will fill the position for four months until a new senator is elected in November.

He said he does not plan to seek the position permanently.