If you have the misfortune to be a legislator who is a member of the minority party, does that mean you're just SOL and don't really even need to show up for work? Is your whole cause lost before you start?
Doesn't always have to be. Case in point is this story from the Spokesman-Review on the legislators of eastern Washington's district 4 - a senator (Bob McCaslin) and two representatives (Lynn Schindler and Larry Crouse) all Republicans. The story outlines some of what they did and the impact they did have. Less, doubtless, than if they were in the majority, but significant nonetheless.