5th District Rep. Jay Rodne announces he will not seek re-election

Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, announced today he will not be running for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives.

He issued the below statement following the announcement:

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of the 5th District and to serve alongside the many amazing men and women who have dedicated their lives to public service. Their character and integrity have inspired me to be the best I can be in this legislative role and outside these marble halls.¬†Although I will not be seeking re-election, I will continue to serve the residents of the 5th District until my term ends on December 31, 2018.

“We have accomplished so much together these past 14 years. In 2009, we blazed the trail for other states to enact comprehensive youth sport concussion safety legislation with the Zackery Lystedt Law. In 2015, we passed Joel’s Law, bringing critical change to our mental health system. We have made historic investments in our schools and our children’s futures, ensured key transportation projects in our district received funding, and worked together to make a positive difference in our communities.

“When I began my service in the state House of Representatives, my son was 7 years old and my daughter was 5. During my years as a state representative, they’ve grown up, enrolled in college and are about to graduate, and will soon be embarking on new journeys as adults. I too will be transitioning to new opportunities, challenges, and will be seeking new ways to give back to my community.

“The decision to put my legislative career behind me at the end of this term was not made lightly. Throughout my years of service, I’ve shared some wonderful accomplishments, faced struggles, and have made necessary sacrifices in order to best serve my fellow Washingtonians. What got me through it all was the support, friendship and encouragement from those living in my district, fellow legislators, staff, and my family. Thank you to all those who allowed me to be your voice in Olympia for an incredible 14 years. I will be forever grateful for the trust you placed me.”

Rodne began his service as a state representative to the 5th Legislative District in 2004. He currently serves as the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and sits on the House Health Care and Wellness and Transportation committees.


Washington State House Republican Communications