OLYMPIA, WASH. – Legislative Black Caucus Chair Jamila Taylor, D-Federal Way, released the following statement after Rep. Jesse Johnson, D-Federal Way, announced his decision not to run for re-election in 2022 so he can focus on his family.
“Rep. Johnson is a true leader whose dedication to service, commitment to inclusion and dialogue, and heart for his community set him apart. His time in the Legislature has had a big impact on our state. Always a problem solver and collaborator, Rep. Johnson has worked diligently to not only pass historic police accountability legislation, but then to center victims of police violence in discussions to ensure laws matched the goal of rebuilding trust between communities and law enforcement. His commitment to working with all sides of an issue while championing the voices of those most affected is an example for all of us.
“It has been an honor to represent the 30th Legislative District alongside Rep. Johnson. While we’ll miss him in the Legislature, his example and impact have created a lasting legacy. His decision to focus on his family is admirable. We wish Rep. Johnson the best and look forward to continuing our work together to improve South King County communities.”