Cantwell Statement on Congressman Jim McDermott’s Decision to Retire

SEATTLE, WA  – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement on Congressman Jim McDermott’s (WA-7) announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

“Today, all Washingtonians give thanks to Jim for his inspiring public service. From his service in the Navy to the state legislature and the U.S. Congress, Jim dedicated his working life to making the Puget Sound, Washington state and our nation stronger and more prosperous.

“Over the past 28 years, Jim has provided strong leadership in solving issues facing Washington and was a voice for those who needed it most. He helped establish the McDermott Place low income housing project and protected children by improving our country’s foster care system. As a physician, Jim was instrumental in passing the most significant healthcare reforms since the creation of Medicare.  And as a state legislator, Jim developed Washington state’s successful Basic Health Plan in order to provide affordable and efficient health care coverage to low and moderate-income Washingtonians.

“Jim has been a critical partner in fighting for Washington and I’m proud to have fought alongside him. I wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”