Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, on Tuesday announced his retirement from the Washington State Senate, effective immediately.
Shin citied health problems, including a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, in making the decision.
"It is with the deepest regret that I resign from the Senate," said Shin, who had served in the Senate since 1999. "I have loved this place and the work we do here on behalf of the people of Washington."
Shin grew up as an orphan in South Korea during the Korean War and was adopted by an American soldier and brought to America.
He received a GED and eventually a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and taught for 31 years at the college level.
During his legislative career, Shin championed higher education and support for the developmentally disabled
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your help and support over the years," Shin said. "It has been a tremendous privilege to be a member of the State Senate and work with such wonderful colleagues. I am grateful for the camaraderie, the work we accomplished, and the valuable lessons learned. I would also like to thank my wife and children for their love, support, and shared belief in the importance of service."
"Most of all, I would like to express my thanks to the citizens of the 21st Legislative District, who placed their trust in my stewardship for all of these years; it has been my honor and privilege to serve them for the past 17 years. I look forward to assisting the Senate in making this transition as smooth as possible."