Three senators departing the legislature

Oct 13, 2021
Written by wpengine


Over the past few weeks, three experienced Washington State senators have announced impending departures from office.

The three include Ann Rivers (R – 18th LD), Jeannie Darneille (D – 27th LD), and David Frockt (D – 46th LD), each with over a decade’s experience in office.

Sen. Ann Rivers will be stepping down from her position to accept the position of Community Development Director for the city of Longview. She was elected as the 18th District legislator in January 2011, served two sessions in the House of Representatives, was appointed to the Senate in June 2012, and was reelected in 2016 and 2020.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille has served in the Washington State Legislature for two decades after a 30-year career in higher education administration and non-profit organization management. While Darneille’s official departure date hasn’t been determined yet, she will be taking on the newly-created position of Assistant Secretary in the Women’s Prison Division for the Department of Corrections.

Sen. David Frockt announced he will be retiring from the Senate at the end of his term, in December of 2022, after more than a decade of service in the Washington state Legislature.

In a letter to his constituents declaring he would seek reelection, Frockt stated, “But I came to this job with the firm conviction that the privilege of public service does not confer a right to a position that one holds forever, and for me, the time has come for renewal.”