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(The Center Square) – Senate Majority Leader Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, announced Monday that he will not be seeking re-election.

“Part of being a good leader is knowing when it is time to step aside and let others lead,” Billig, 55, said in a news release from the Washington State Senate Democrats. “I have been incredibly lucky to have served Spokane in the Legislature and fortunate to have the strong support of my family and so many friends and neighbors throughout our community.”

Billig grew up in Chevy Chase, Md., and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1990 with a degree in government.

He was first elected to the Washington State Legislature in 2010, representing his home city of Spokane. He was elected majority leader in late 2018, with the Democratic majority expanding under his six-year tenure, the third longest in the last half-century.

After his time in the Senate ends, Billig plans to continue as CEO and part-owner of Brett Sports, a company that owns and operates four minor league sports teams. He has worked there for 32 years.

“I’m so fortunate to have had two rewarding careers so far that help to support the Spokane community,” Billig said. “I will continue with Brett Sports and look forward to new opportunities as they arise.”

Lt. Gov. Denny Heck released a statement on Billig’s decision not to run again.

“Senator Andy Billig has been an outstanding Senate Majority Leader,” Heck said. “As a former legislative leader myself, I know the realities and pressures of the position. Leader Billig’s tenure will be remembered for significant legislative accomplishments that will leave lasting positive impacts on our state, and for marked civility between the caucuses. I am deeply grateful for his extraordinary service to our state.”

The Washington State Senate Democrats’ news release touted Billig as helping to pass landmark legislation in the Senate on a variety of fronts: childcare, K-12 education, voting access, tax reform, firearm safety, climate change and health care.

Senate Democrats will elect a new majority leader for the 2025 legislative session after November’s general election.