Rossi resigns Senate to run full-time for governor

December 5, 2003

Associated Press
King 5 News

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Senate budget Chairman Dino Rossi is resigning from the Legislature to devote full time to running for Washington governor.

The Sammamish Republican broke the news to his colleagues in a closed-door meeting of the GOP caucus in Olympia and then went public with his decision in an announcement to the full Senate.

Rossi, a rising star in his party, said it was a tough decision, but something he feels he needs to do. If he had stayed in the Senate, his attention would have been required on legislative business all winter long and he would have been barred from fund-raising for four months.

Rossi teased the Democrats that the good news of his announcement and his bid for governor is that he'll just be a few steps away in 2005 in the governor's office.

Senator Joe Zarelli of Ridgefield is expected to get his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship.


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