House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox issues statement on Speaker Chopp’s announcement

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, issues the following statement regarding House Speaker Frank Chopp’s, D-Seattle, announcement that he would step down as speaker next spring:

“Speaker Frank Chopp has made history. I view him and former Governor Dan Evans as two of the greatest political minds in our state.

“I admire Frank. He is a link to a time when parties represented both rural and urban communities. I believe Frank has always maintained a statewide point of view and tried to be fair as Speaker of the House.

“On a personal note, I especially appreciate the fact that shortly after I was elected House Republican Leader, Frank came out to the farm and visited with me and my family for several hours. I also know that over the years he has reached out to help members, including Republicans, during difficult times. This is a wonderful example for future Speakers.

“I look forward to working with Frank in the upcoming legislative session and eventually honoring his legacy on the House floor.”

-House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox

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