OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown says she's not running for re-election, or for another other office. Brown says she's retiring her Senate seat when her term expires at the end of the year.
The democrat says after 20 years in the Legislature, it's time to move on. She says she does plan to continue teaching classes part time at Gonzaga University, but that otherwise, she'll wait to see what happens.
For the last eight years, Brown has been the Senate majority leader. In the two years prior she was the Senate minority leader, and before that she served in the house.
Brown is the second female majority leader in the Senate. The first was Republican Jeannette Hayner of Walla Walla, who retired in 1992 and died in 2010.