Senator David Frockt — who has represented Washington’s 46th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate since the passing of the great Scott White — has decided to leave the statehouse after the 2022 session and pass the baton to someone else, the Senate Democratic caucus announced today.
“When I first ran for office in 2010, I saw a need for new leadership in our community,” said Frockt in a statement, referencing his initial campaign.
“Representing the people of North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore since then has been a distinct honor where I have been afforded the chance to work on some of the greatest challenges facing our state. But I came to this job with the firm conviction that the privilege of public service does not confer a right to a position that one holds forever, and for me, the time has come for renewal.”
“Senator Frockt is both a good friend and a gifted legislator,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D‑Spokane; 3rd District).
“I am grateful for his service to our state. He has been a leader on so many important issues, particularly health care, higher education and the capital budget. While his departure at the end of 2022 will be a big loss for our caucus and the Legislature, I am glad that we have a final session to work together and celebrate his many achievements. The people of his district and our state will benefit from his thoughtful legislation for generations to come.”
“David will be leaving a legacy to both his district and the state,” said Senator Christine Rolfes (D‑Bainbridge Island; 23rd District), Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, who works closely with Frockt. “He leads with a passion for helping others and an ability to cut through political noise to make really strong, progressive public policy. His integrity, humble demeanor, and sense of humor make him someone that his colleagues trust and enjoy working with. He’s just an all-around great person, and I’m glad we get him for one more year.”
Senator Frockt will unquestionably be departing with not just a legacy, but a great legacy Our team at NPI has been honored to work with him over the years on challenging Tim Eyman’s unconstitutional initiatives, increasing funding for geologic hazards research, and balancing the state’s upside down tax code.
Senator Frockt has consistently supported NPI’s essential research and advocacy, for which we are grateful. He is an incredibly thoughtful and committed legislator who takes the time to listen to his constituents and activists working for change.
We’ll miss his presence in the Senate Democratic caucus after next year’s short legislative session and the 2022 midterms, but hopefully there will be opportunities for us to continue working to advance progressive causes together.
Because Senator Frockt is retiring at the end of his term, there will not need to be a special nominating caucus or appointment process. Frockt will simply pass the baton over to the person that voters choose to succeed him at the end of 2022.
The 46th, like all of Washington State’s legislative districts, will look somewhat different once new maps are in place, but it’s likely to still be a North Seattle district. People who might explore candidacies for the Washington State Senate to succeed Frockt could include State Representative Gerry Pollet, State Representative Javier Valdez, or former State Representative Jessyn Farrell, who left the Legislature in 2017 to run for Mayor of Seattle.