OLYMPIA — Democratic state Rep. Ruth Kagi, of Seattle, a forceful voice for helping foster children, expanding early learning opportunities and reforming the child welfare system, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election this fall.
Kagi, who was first elected in 1998, represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes parts of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Seattle.
She has been chair of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee since 2002. She sponsored the Early Start Act, which expanded access to early learning, and is an architect of the new state Department of Children, Youth and Families.
“Ruth is the conscience of our caucus when it comes to children and families,” House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, said in a statement. “With her leadership, the Legislature changed the way the state views early learning challenges, transforming the way we address these issues from separate components to a holistic approach.”