OLYMPIA…Sen. Val Stevens announced today that she will not run again for the state Senate this fall. Stevens serves the 39th Legislative District, which includes part of rural King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to represent the citizens of the 39th District.” said Stevens, who was first elected to the House of Representatives 20 years ago and elected to the Senate in 1996. “Two decades in the Legislature has given me the opportunity to work with many wonderful people and to be their voice when they needed help navigating the burdensome morass of government regulations.”
Stevens has served on many Senate committees, but it was as a member of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee that she found her legislative passion. As the Republican leader of that committee Stevens has worked tirelessly on behalf of Washington families. Her legislative successes include many policies regulating the safety of children and how to keep them in the home when parents may need guidance to maintain the family structure. Keeping children safe and families together has been a number-one priority.
“Families are the building block of society and that is why I have devoted my legislative career to family law while understanding that stability builds strength within the family and that the purpose of government is the protection of their freedom to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” Stevens said.
Stevens was honored for being “The Voice of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as the Legislator of the Decade from 2001-2010.
“I have loved making time for my constituents and hearing their thoughts about what we could do to make the district and this state a better place in which to live. This however has never been a one-person job and without the knowledge and wisdom of Olga Miller, my Administrative Assistant who has worked together with me for these past 20 years, the accomplishments accredited to me would not have been possible,” Stevens said. “Looking forward, this is now the time to step aside and dedicate my undivided attention to my family and grandchildren.”
Stevens will continue to serve during the special session and through the remainder of her term. Her successor will be sworn in on the first day of the 2013 legislative session, in early January.