Washington State House Democrats


Statement by House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) on the retirement of House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan

“Pat Sullivan’s 16 years in the Legislature have been defined by his steady, grounding leadership and his commitment to strengthening the foundation of our state: our education system from our youngest learners to workforce development. He has made a lasting impact by negotiating state budgets that centered the people of our state, and stood strong for an economy that works for everyone. Pat has always been an honest broker with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and his wise counsel and dedication to our caucus will be greatly missed.

“It is difficult to imagine our caucus without Pat, but his retirement is well-deserved and I know he will continue to be a positive influence on everyone he crosses paths with. I am forever grateful for his friendship.

“Saying goodbye to Pat, along with Reps. Eric Pettigrew, Sherry Appleton, Christine Kilduff, as well as other members who are leaving for political pursuits, has by far been the hardest part of this year’s legislative session for me. I am reminded that this institution always survives people, but the people change the place. Pat, Eric, Sherry and Chris have together changed the House for the better with their service, and I wish them the very best.”