I have important news to share!!
I have been greatly privileged to represent the 5th District in the House of Representatives (1999-2003) and the Senate (2004-12). At the same time, I’m very honored to now become one of just six people entrusted with serving our state’s citizens on issues of growth and environmental protection.
In a way I’ll be carrying on a family tradition of public service related to growth planning. In 1901 my great-grandfather Chester Morse created the Cedar River Watershed – in the midst of what is now the 5th District – to supply drinking water to the metropolitan area. My great-uncle Roy Morse succeeded him as city engineer, expanding the watershed and waterworks through 1971.
I will very much miss representing the residents of the 5th District in the Legislature. However, having grown up in a family that loved outdoor recreation (which included learning to ski with the Mountaineers at age 5, and backpacking from the Cascades to Mount Rainier to the Olympics), I’m excited to take on this new role helping Washington’s residents and local governments plan a future that accommodates people while protecting our natural heritage.
The King County Council will appoint someone to serve for the 18 weeks remaining before a new 5th District senator is chosen in next November’s general election. That will ensure that you can continue to contact this office for any assistance that you may need from state government.
As I leave office for a quieter life, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your senator. I look forward to catching up with you back at home in our community.