Sen. Ed Murray, the mayor-elect of Seattle, announced Tuesday he will resign from the Senate effective Dec. 31.
Murray said the transition to mayor demands his full attention, and he wants to provide sufficient notice to begin the process for selecting his replacement.
In his resignation letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Murray said he was honored to have worked in both the House and Senate during his 18-year legislative career.
“I have had the great opportunity of sponsoring and passing difficult but critical legislation that has made a positive difference in the lives of Washingtonians: from passing the largest transportation funding package in state history, doubling funding for low-income housing, and passing the highest emission standards in the nation, to achieving civil rights protections for gays and lesbians, securing three successive years of domestic partnership rights and, finally, passing marriage equality for all,” Murray wrote.
The 43rd Districts Democrats and King County Council are responsible for selecting Murray’s replacement.
Murray stepped down as Senate Democratic leader earlier this month. Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, has been acting as the interim leader until a permanent leader is selected.