Sen. Paull Shin announced Tuesday he is resigning from the state Senate, citing recent health problems and a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. His resignation is effective immediately.
Shin, 78, served in the state House from 1993 to 1994, and was elected to the Senate in 1998. In a resignation letter to the governor, Shin outlined his reasons for stepping down.
“Although I had planned to retire from the Legislature at the end of my term later this year, I have reluctantly determined with the assistance of my family that recent health problems including my age, memory problems, and a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s make it impossible for me to represent my constituents in the manner in which they deserve. I believe it is in everyone’s best interest — my family, my constituents, the Senate, and the great State of Washington — for me to step down at this time,” Shin wrote.
Shin, a Democrat, represents the 21st Legislative District.
Shin was adopted by an American soldier during the Korean War, according to his biography. He received a Ph.D from the University of Washington and was a professor for 31 years.