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March 11, 2008 4:52 PM

Rep. Helen Sommers to retire

Posted by David Postman

House Appropriations Chairwoman Helen Sommers, D-Seattle, will retire this year after 36 years in the Legislature. It has been rumored for months that this would be Sommers' last session. But until today she would only say a decision would come after the Legislature adjourns.

But with an invitation out today for a retirement party with Sommers' name atop a list of eight retiring members, she has confirmed that she won't run again.

Other House members who retiring are Bill Eickmeyer, D-Belfair, Bill Fromhold, D-Vancouver, Pat Lantz, D-Gig Harbor, Joyce McDonald, R-Puyallup, Jim McIntire, D-Seattle, Lynn Schindler, R-Spokane Valley, and Bob Sump, R-Republic.

The Wednesday retirement party, according to the invitation, is "Graciously sponsored by the lobbyist community."

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