OLYMPIA – Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) released the statement below following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term:

“Gov. Inslee has guided Washington on a path to achieve remarkable progress over the past decade. He will be the first to tell you there are many challenges that remain, and I look forward to continuing our work together over the next year and a half. But today is a day to celebrate a legacy and a partnership that produced historic legislation to combat climate change and gun violence, and to expand voting rights and make our tax system more stable and fair. We’ve seen Washington’s economy reach new heights under his watch, and his leadership was critical in times of crisis such as the Oso mudslide, the I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County, and especially during the Covid pandemic when he implemented critical safety measures to save thousands of lives. In tough times and in great times, Gov. Inslee has led our state with integrity, compassion, and vision.”