A state Senate seat is up for grabs with the announcement Monday that long-serving Democrat Tracey Eide will not run for re-election this fall.
Eide has represented the Federal Way area in the Legislature for 18 years including 16 in the Senate.
"Shortly after my re-election in 2010, I decided that this term would be my last and that I would pour myself into this term and then open the door for someone else. That time is here," Eide said Monday in a statement.
She may be remembered most for her successful efforts to keep drivers from texting and phoning on state roads. She won first a law making talking or texting while driving a crime and then one allowing police to pull drivers over solely for that offense.
She also pushed for eliminating the requirement for supermajorities to pass local school levies.
"If just one child is a better student or one less Washingtonian dies in an auto accident because of those laws, it will have been more than worth it," Eide wrote.
Eide has had two powerful roles recently -- first as floor leader for the majority Democrats, then sharing authority over the Senate Transportation Committee after Republicans took power.
No Democrat has yet stepped up to replace Eide. Former Democratic Rep. Mark Miloscia, who switched parties last week, is running for the seat as a Republican.
A majority of 24 Republicans and two Democrats control the Senate. The GOP could take full control if they picked up the 30th District without losing any seats