Flaherty new WA state Revenue Dept. director

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Brad Flaherty has been appointed to head the Washington state Revenue Department, replacing Suzan DelBene, who resigned to run for Congress.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Flaherty's appointment Friday, praising his knowledge of the agency and his more than 30 years of experience at the Revenue Department.

Flaherty started in 1979 as a revenue auditor. In 2006, he was named assistant director of the agency's property tax division. Last August, he was named agency deputy director.

Democrat DelBene is a former Microsoft executive who was defeated in 2010 by Republican Dave Reichert for the 8th Congressional District seat. She said this week she'll join the crowded field running for the 1st District seat.