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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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Posted by The Man Out Front

5:11 PM, Mar 11, 2008

God save the Queen.

Posted by Aaron

9:48 PM, Mar 11, 2008

I believe you meant a "retirement party", not a "retirement part".

Also, do you really consider Jim McIntire a retirement? He may be leaving the legislature, but he's actively working to be State Treasurer.

Posted by onevote

6:53 AM, Mar 12, 2008

The Legislature will be a diminished place without Rep Sommers. The chances of electing a Rep with near her personal integrity, respect for the institutions of representative democracy, and ability to balance policy priorities with political realities is nil.

Posted by P

9:45 AM, Mar 12, 2008

What utter nonsense, onevote! She has been a political hack for all these years. She is the epitome of tax and spend liberalism.

The state will benefit from this hack's retirement. It's too bad she was able to survice being a professional politician for all these years.

Posted by P

9:46 AM, Mar 12, 2008

What utter nonsense, onevote! She has been a political hack for all these years. She is the epitome of tax and spend liberalism.

The state will benefit from this hack's retirement. It's too bad she was able to survice being a professional politician for all these years.

Posted by Jim Guthrie

10:51 AM, Mar 12, 2008

She has been a political hack for all these years. She is the epitome of tax and spend liberalism.

You may disagree with her philosophy - as I do - but your personal attacks are off base, P. If the Legislature had more people with the integrity and honesty of Rep. Sommers, we'd all be better off.

Besides, anybody who weathers an all-out attack by the extortionists at SEIU can't be all that bad.

Posted by J.R.

1:46 PM, Mar 12, 2008

I'm just glad that lobbyists have a community.

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