OLYMPIA, Wash. – A familiar face could return to the Washington state Senate.

Republican Dino Rossi said he has been contacted about replacing Sen. Andy Hill.

Hill, a Republican from Redmond, died from lung cancer last month.

Rossi, a former state Senator who ran twice for Governor, said he would be open to filling in the seat, but only for next year’s legislative session.

Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, defeated Rossi in the 2004 and 2008 elections.

Rossi noted he is one of the few Republicans in the state who has written a budget before. Hill was the chair of the Senate’s budget writing committee.

The replacement will be appointed by the King County Council working off a list of finalists submitted by the King County Republican Party. Party Chair Lori Sotelo said the party is meeting Saturday afternoon to come up with a list of three names to present to the county. Sotelo would not comment on any of the names being considered.

She expected the King County Council to appoint a new person to Hill’s vacant seat by the end of November.