FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Michael King
May 4, 2012 (206) 290-9318
SENATOR LISA BROWN TO NOT SEEK REELECTION
SEATTLE - Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-3) announced that she will not seek re-election to the State Senate in 2012. Brown, who was first elected to the State House in 1992 and subsequently elected to the State Senate in 1996, has served as Majority Leader since 2005.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved for Spokane and for Washington state in my twenty years in the Legislature,” said Brown. “Working with my colleagues as well as community leaders in Spokane, we’ve achieved so much, from the protection and cleaning up of the Spokane river to the full funding of the bio medical and health sciences building on the Riverpoint campus to ensuring no further cuts to K-12 education in this year’s budget.”
Brown added that she felt confident in the Democrats’ chances to not only protect, but expand their majority in the State Senate in 2012.
“Our incumbent Democratic Senators are in strong positions as we enter the 2012 campaign season, and we’ve recruited tremendous candidates across the state. Just this year, we saw the consequences of Republican control of the State Senate - budgets that cut education, dismantled the social safety net and threaten health care and reproductive rights for women. I know that the Senate will be in good hands with a strengthened Democratic majority. I look forward to working with our campaign team and our candidates to achieve just that.”
Senator David Frockt (D-46), Chair of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, echoed Senator Brown’s sentiment. “Senator Brown has been a terrific leader in this state for nearly two decades. Her political acumen helped us to build the Democratic majority we have had in the State Senate since 2005.
Our work to maintain and expand the Democratic majority in the State Senate in 2012 campaign continues unabated by Senator Brown's retirement.
We have a number of great candidates already announced and running this year. They are out knocking on doors bringing the Democratic message of fully funding k-12 education and higher education to their constituencies.”