The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee was formed in 1999 by statute “to promote and encourage the recovery and preservation of the original and historic furnishings of the state capitol group” as envisioned by architects Wilder and White. The Capitol Group includes the Legislative Building, Insurance Building, Temple of Justice, John A. Cherberg Building, John L. O'Brien Building and Irving Newhouse Building.
The Committee is charged with raising awareness to help prevent future loss of historic furnishings, funding the restoration of certain furnishings and reviewing and advising future remodeling and restoration projects as they pertain to historic furnishings. The Committee coordinates its work with commissions, committees and tenant groups of the Capitol Group regarding the creation of a preservation plan for the furniture, fixtures, and artwork of the Capitol buildings. While the Committee's authority does not extend to the placement of historic furnishings, Committee members conduct research and make available information on original Wilder and White designs. The committee has also published a book about the state capitol group of buildings and it's furnishings titled Exploring Washington's Majestic State Capitol.
The Committee helps identify and actively searches for lost furnishings. The Committee helps fund restoration and preservation of furnishings employing best practices adopted by conservationists.
The Committee provides educational information about the original and historic furnishings to Capitol Group tenants and visitors.
The Committee engages in fundraising and can accept charitable gifts, grants and donations to help with the recovery and restoration of historic furnishings.
Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee (CFPC) Membership, August 2017
Steve Lindstrom, citizen appointed by Governor, Chair
Kathy Marshall, representing the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Secretary
Susan Rohrer, representing the State Historical Society, Treasurer
Gordon Baxter, citizen appointed by Governor
Mark Johnson, citizen appointed by Governor
Al Ralston, citizen appointed by Governor
Cynthia Upthegrove, citizen appointed by Governor
Justice Charles Wiggins, representing the State Supreme Court
Rep. Norm Johnson, House Republican Caucus
Rep. Beth Doglio, House Democrat Caucus
Sen. Jim Honeyford, Senate Majority Coalition Caucus
Sen. Karen Keiser, Senate Democrat Caucus
Bernard C. Dean, Chief Clerk, Patty Moore, designee
Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate, Paul Campos, designee
Rashelle Davis, Governor's Designee
Kristina Brown, Lt. Governor's Designee
Stephanie Horn, Secretary of State designee
Brenda Mendez, State Treasurer designee
Scott Nelson, State Auditor designee
Marygrace Jennings, representing the Department of Enterprise Services
Vacant, Thurston Regional Planning Council