Well-regarded State Representative Kristine Reeves (D‑30th District: Federal Way) announced this morning in a video posted to her Facebook wall that she is resigning from the Washington State House to begin a new adventure that has to do with the other Washington, meaning our nation’s capital.
“Even though we’ve accomplished so much in this Washington, critical priorities to our kids, to working families, and to communities are under attack in Washington, D.C. And that has to change. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in the next phase of this fight,” Reeves says in the video’s closing seconds.
She did not elaborate further as to what she meant. But there is speculation on social media that an announcement about running for Congress is imminent. Which would make sense. U.S. Representative Denny Heck recently announced his retirement, and if Reeves wants to be a full time candidate for his seat, stepping down now allows a successor to be appointed before the session begins.
Speaker-designate Laurie Jinkins (D‑27th District) said she’ll miss Reeves greatly.
“During her time in the legislature, Kristine Reeves has been a tireless advocate for Washington’s working families, and a collaborative team player in the legislative process,” Jinkins said in a statement sent to NPI.
“Her work here has resulted in better policies that support our state’s military service members, veterans, and their families, and advanced our efforts to address the need for affordable and accessible childcare for all.”
“I wish Kristine all the best as she moves on from the state House, and know she will continue to be an important voice for our hard-working families.”
In accordance with the Washington State Constitution, the King and Pierce County Councils must appoint a successor to Reeves within two months. If they cannot agree, the responsibility to make an appointment will pass to Governor Inslee.
The newly appointed representative must be one of three nominees selected by the statutory Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC), which consists of representatives of Washington’s thirty-nine counties.
The WSDCC’s rules delegate the responsibility of creating the list to the Democratic precinct committee officers of the legislative district where the vacancy exists, as area PCOs know their district best. Per those rules, a special nominating caucus will be called soon by State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski of the 30th District’s Democratic PCOs. Once the PCOs have selected three individuals who could take Reeves’ place in the House, the list will be sent to the WSDCC for ratification (a formality) and then transmitted to the King and Pierce County Councils.
Reeves is the second member of the House Democratic caucus to resign during the interim; the first was Jeff Morris (D‑40th District), who has taken a new job. Morris resigned before Thanksgiving. That vacancy will be filled using the same procedure described above, except that the Whatcom County Council, the San Juan County Commission, and the Skagit County Commission will be making the appointment, because the 40th District is located in Northwest Washington.
Our team at NPI thanks Kristine Reeves for her service to the people of the 30th and the State of Washington, and we wish her well in her next adventure.