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Wa Lege SpecSess: Lynn Kessler retiring

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Lynn Kessler is bowing out after 18 years in the House. "I'm retiring, I'm almost 70 for God's sake."

As the Legislature moved beyond midnight, Kessler, D-Hoquiam, made an emotional farewell speech, celebrating the fact the state has worked to provide health care and education, protects victims of domestic violence

"Because of the positions we all have, we have been able to do great and small things, together," she said. "Sometimes those trenches are deep, and very difficult. I hope we all appreciate our differences, because that's what makes this place special."

"I wish you all well, please be kind to one another," she said as the House stood to applaud.


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