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Rep. Kristine Reeves resigns

In a statement posted to her Facebook page, Kristine Reeves, a Democrat from Federal Way representing Washington’s 30th District, announced her resignation from the Washington State House.

Today, I want to say thank you to my family, my friends, my neighbors, my legislative colleagues & all the people I have had the chance to fight for in this work. You keep me motivated and inspired. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the hard-working families of the South Puget Sound and the state of Washington these past 3 years,” Reeves wrote.

There is speculation on social media that Reeves intends to enter the race in Washington’s 10th Congressional District to replace retiring Rep. Denny Heck.

Reeves closed her statement by saying, “While we have accomplished much in Washington state, critical progressive priorities and investments in our future often fall victim to special interests in Washington, DC. That’s got to change.”

The Washington State Constitution stipulates that a replacement for Reeves is to be appointed by the King and Pierce County Councils within two months. Should the councils reach a deadlock, Governor Inslee will be authorized to make an appointment.

Speaker-designate Laurie Jinkins released the following statement on Reeves’ resignation:

During her time in the legislature, Kristine Reeves has been a tireless advocate for Washington’s working families, and a collaborative team player in the legislative process.

Her work here has resulted in better policies that support our state’s military service members, veterans, and their families, and advanced our efforts to address the need for affordable and accessible childcare for all.

I wish Kristine all the best as she moves on from the state House, and know she will continue to be an important voice for our hard-working families.”