Mayor Murray’s statement on the retirement of Sen. Jim Hargrove

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement regarding Sen. Jim Hargrove’s announced retirement:

“Jim was a close friend during my 18 years in Olympia. He may appear to those who don’t know him well to have a gruff exterior, but Jim has the biggest heart in the Washington State Senate. His work to expand access to early childhood education, support a fraying social safety net, and respond compassionately to victims of domestic violence has benefited thousands of lives all across our state. He stepped up to provide steady, thoughtful leadership on the Senate Ways and Means Committee when I became majority leader.

“Jim will be sorely missed in the Senate, but I know that whatever he decides to do next, he will continue to speak for those who too often are ignored or forgotten in our community.”