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Citing "careful thought and consideration," as well as "high blood pressure" that caused him to be hospitalized last year, state senator Ken Jacobson (D-46) just announced he's retiring.

It has been an honor and privilege to represent the 46th Legislative District for the past 28 years... This has been the best job of my life, and I’m honored that voters of the 46th Legislative District have supported me for so long. I have strived to serve with dignity, integrity and passion.

More to come. Full release in the jump.

Statement from Sen. Jacobsen on his retirement from the Legislature

“After careful thought and consideration I have decided that this year will be my last year serving as a state legislator. Therefore, I will not be seeking re-election to the Washington State Senate.

“It has been an honor and privilege to represent the 46th Legislative District for the past 28 years. The job has been wonderful, but at times very stressful. My high blood pressure has forced me to reassess my priorities, especially after it was responsible for a brief stay in the hospital this past October. I’m proud of my work on behalf of veterans, the environment, higher education, holocaust education, gender equity in college sports and helping to solve my constituents’ problems.

“This has been the best job of my life, and I’m honored that voters of the 46th Legislative District have supported me for so long. I have strived to serve with dignity, integrity and passion.”

After 28 years of service, Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle, has many legislative accomplishments to his name, including:

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- The establishment of the Veteran’s Conservation Corps, which provides natural resources restoration training and volunteer for veterans to. The program not only helps to prepare veterans for future employment, but studies have shown working in outdoor settings aid veterans who are dealing with stress and PTSD issues. Sen. Patty Murray recently introduced similar legislation on the federal level

- The creation of Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the state’s primary system for salmon recovery. Its work has increased spawning Chinook salmon in the Puget Sound by 84 percent.

- Closing the gender divide by requiring colleges to provide athletic opportunities for men and women at the same rate as high school participation. The measure also provided incentives to encourage schools to expand athletic programs for women.