"My family wants me home, and I want to go home"
It was announced on March 6th that House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen will not seek re-election in November. The 39th District representative has stepped down from his leadership role, but will complete his term.
"My family wants me home, and I want to go home," said Kristiansen, R-Snohomish. My family came to visit me in Olympia and it really put things in perspective for me. We've been on this journey together and I'm so grateful for them."
Kristiansen and his wife, Janis have three children.
"It has been an honor to represent the 39th District. The people, the communities, the schools and the challenges we have faced together -- all of it has been a blessing for me," said Kristiansen. "Being a state representative is an amazing responsibility. I can say I put my heart into it."
The 39th District includes parts of King, Skagit and Snohomish counties.
Kristiansen, 55 was first elected to office in 2002. He has been a House Republican Leader since April 2013, and was Caucus Chair before then.
"I'm going to miss my legislative family. They are not just my colleagues -- they are my friends. And those friendships will continue," said Kristiansen. "I don't know what the future holds for the House Republican Caucus. But I do know it ias filled with talented people who will step up and lead in new ways."
Other House Republicans who have recently announced they will not seek re-election include: Rep. Larry Haler, Rep. Terry Nealey, Rep. Liz Pike, Rep. Jay Rodne and Rep Melanie Stambaugh.