House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis) has announced he is stepping down from his leadership role due to an illness.
“Two years ago I had some severe health challenges and now I am going to face some new challenges and I know I’m going to be fine, but it’s time for me to step aside as leader,” DeBolt said on the House floor Wednesday morning.
DeBolt, who was first elected in 1996, has missed key votes in recent days after he had a medical emergency at his home on April 10. He has been under the care of doctors since then, according to a statement. He plans to serve out the remaining two years of his term.
“It will be hard leaving a job I love and have done for so long, but there comes a time that you must change your priorities in life. I really appreciate the love and support my colleagues have shown me. It speaks volumes about them and their compassion,” he said.
Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) will be acting House Republican Leader until the caucus formally names a new leader.