Today is Rep. David Buri's last day as a state lawmaker. Buri, R-Colfax, is stepping down to work as Eastern Washington University's liaison -- a lobbyist, essentially -- with the Legislature and government agencies.
From an e-mail to constituents today:
I have always felt that while I was allowed to sit at the desk in the House chambers, it was never mine to keep. I am grateful for the experiences I’ve gained during my three years as a lawmaker...I worked hard to be a legislator you could be proud of and rely on, and I deeply appreciate the trust and confidence you placed in me.
Leaving the Legislature was not an easy decision. Now that Becky and I are expecting our first child together in December, it has been a good time to reflect on where I would best serve my family and our great state. Colfax is my home and always will be. Ensuring a top-caliber higher education system for Washington students is a passion of mine. This is an excellent opportunity for me professionally and personally...My best wishes to you all.