Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Chair of the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee Sen. Kevin Van De Wege issued the statements below following the passing of former Senator and Representative Mark Doumit. Doumit represented the 19th Legislative District from 1996 until 2006. He passed away June 21 at the age of 59.

“Mark had a reputation as a person that brought instant credibility to an issue. He spent his entire life in public service, first working on behalf of his community and then as a champion for Washington’s forests. Even years after he had left the legislature, Mark’s name is one that would come up often. He garnered respect from his colleagues, advocates and people all over this state. His passing is such a loss for so many. My thoughts are with his family and many friends at this difficult time.”

-Sen. Andy Billig

“Mark was someone who always stuck to his word. Whether he was representing his constituents or working to protect Washington’s natural resources, he represented those interests with passion and follow through. He was such a welcoming person and that was his style as a legislator too. People gravitate toward that. I think that’s why he’s being missed so much.”

-Sen. Kevin Van De Wege

You can read more here about the life and service of Mark Doumit.