OLYMPIA, Wash. – A member of the Washington state House has suddenly resigned his seat. Democrat Jim Jacks of Hazel Dell in Southwest Washington departed the legislature Friday without any public announcement.
Former Washington State Rep. Jim Jacks - Image courtesy of Washington Legislature
The Chief Clerk of the Washington House says there were no formal complaints pending against Jacks. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan refused to release any details other than to say Jacks resigned for personal and family reasons.
Pat Sullivan: "This is an institution that always has issues. But there were no issues that forced Representative Jacks to resign. There were issues that he was dealing with that led to his decision."
The 41-year-old, two-term lawmaker served as a member of the House Democratic leadership team and is married with two children.
Previously he worked as Governor Chris Gregoire's representative in Southwest Washington.
Jacks is the second Southwest Washington lawmaker to resign in recent years. In 2007, Republican Richard Curtis left office amid a sex scandal.
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