A high-ranking Washington Democrat has decided not to seek re-election

Senate Majority Leader, Senator Andy Billig, from Spokane, made an announcement on Monday stating that he will not be running for re-election.

Billig, 55, expressed in a news release from the Washington State Senate Democrats that a crucial aspect of effective leadership is recognizing when it’s time to let others take the lead. He considers himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve Spokane in the Legislature and is grateful for the unwavering support from his family, friends, and community.

Billig was raised in Chevy Chase, Md., and in 1990, he graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in government, achieving cum laude honors.

In 2010, he won his first election to the Washington State Legislature, representing his beloved hometown of Spokane. His leadership skills were recognized when he was elected as the majority leader in late 2018. During his impressive six-year tenure, the Democratic majority grew, making it the third longest period of its kind in the last fifty years.

After his tenure in the Senate concludes, Billig intends to maintain his role as the CEO and part-owner of Brett Sports, a company that oversees the operations of four minor league sports teams. With an impressive 32-year tenure at the company, his dedication and experience are invaluable assets to the organization.

Billig expressed gratitude for the two fulfilling careers he has had thus far, emphasizing how they have both contributed to the betterment of the Spokane community. He also mentioned his commitment to continuing his involvement with Brett Sports while eagerly anticipating any future prospects that may come his way.

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Lt. Gov. Denny Heck has issued a statement regarding Billig’s choice not to seek re-election.

Senator Andy Billig has exemplified exceptional leadership as the Senate Majority Leader, according to Heck. Having been a legislative leader himself, Heck understands the challenges and demands of the role. Leader Billig’s tenure is distinguished by noteworthy legislative achievements that will have long-lasting positive effects on our state. Moreover, it is noteworthy that there has been a genuine atmosphere of civility between the caucuses during his leadership. Heck expresses profound appreciation for Billig’s exceptional service to the state.

The Senate Democrats in Washington State praised Billig for his significant role in passing groundbreaking legislation across various important areas in the Senate. These include childcare, K-12 education, voting access, tax reform, firearm safety, climate change, and health care.

Sen. John Braun, a Republican from Centralia, expressed admiration for his Democratic counterpart in the House.

“I extend my congratulations to Senator Billig on his remarkable 14-year tenure in the Washington State Legislature, which includes his six-year stint as the majority leader,” Braun stated in a press release. “Having served as the Republican leader, I have had the privilege of closely collaborating with Andy over the past four years. Despite our occasional disagreements, sometimes passionately, regarding the optimal policies for our state, we have fostered a solid working relationship based on honesty, fairness, and transparency. He has consistently championed open and vigorous debates, while also staunchly defending the legislative branch. As he embarks on the next phase of his journey, I extend my best wishes to him and his family.”

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The new majority leader for the 2025 legislative session will be elected by Senate Democrats following the general election in November.

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