State Sen. Bob Morton, who entered the political landscape more than two decades ago, has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.
“I thank the people of the 7th Legislative District for the opportunity to represent them. I appreciate their support and insight into how we could make our district and state a better place for future generations,” Morton said in announcing his decision on Nov. 28
“I plan to serve as senator until January 1, 2013. I am looking forward to retirement and spending more time at home with my family in the beautiful 7th District.”
“The Washington State Republican Party will move quickly to ensure a fast and efficient nominating process, so that the (7th Legislative District) may have a senator in place and ready to go before the beginning of the new legislative session,” said State Republican Chair Kirby Wilbur. “I again thank Sen. Morton for the great work he has done on behalf of his constituents, and I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Morton, a rancher and logger, was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1990. He joined the Senate four years later following the retirement of Scott Barr.
He is the ranking Republican for natural resources issues in the Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee and a member of the Senate Environment Committee.
His community involvement included membership with the Citizens for a Great Northwest, Kettle River Grange, Washington State Grange, Washington State Pilot's Association, Stevens County Cattlemen's Association, Washington Cattlemen's Association, Washington State Farm Bureau and Cattle Producers of Washington.