King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement after U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott announced he will retire.
"Jim McDermott has been bringing Washington State values to Washington, D.C., since 1989. He has been a champion for preserving the social safety net, protecting the environment, and ensuring that everyone in this nation and abroad is treated fairly and with respect. He has bucked the cynicism of Congress and confronted our nation's challenges with candor and resolve.
"Congressman McDermott's entire career has been dedicated to public service -- not just in Congress, but in the United States Navy, as a doctor, and as a Washington State legislator. His commitment to the well-being of our community, and of all the people of the nation and world, is unmatched.
"Congressman McDermott has been a friend and partner to King County for many years, and I extend my deepest gratitude for his decades of exceptional public service."
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Chad Lewis, Executive Office, 206-263-1250