State House Minority Leader Rep. Dan Kristiansen of Snohomish Calls It Quits
March 07, 2018
Washington State House Minority Leader Rep. Dan Kristiansen of Snohomish
(OLYMPIA, WA.) – Just two weeks after telling a bizarre story of a “knife massacre” of children in Norway that never happened, Washington State House Minority Leader Rep. Dan Kristiansen of Snohomish has decided to hang up his legislative spurs and ride off into the sunset.
Kristiansen announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November. The 39th District representative has stepped down from his leadership role, but will complete his term.
The 39th District includes parts of King, Skagit and Snohomish counties.
“My family wants me home. And I want to go home,” said Kristiansen, R-Snohomish. “My family came to visit me this week in Olympia and it really put things in perspective for me. We’ve been on this journey together and I’m so grateful for them.”
Kristiansen and his wife, Janis, have three children. He added it’s been “an honor to represent the 39th District.”
Kristiansen, 55, was first elected to office in 2002. He has been House Republican Leader since April 2013, and was Caucus Chair before then.
Other House Republicans who have recently announced they will not seek re-election include Rep. Larry Haler, Rep. Terry Nealey, Rep. Liz Pike, Rep. Jay Rodne and Rep. Melanie Stambaugh.