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Rep. Jay Inslee to Resign, Run for Governor in Washington

Inslee will face Rob McKenna in gubernatorial election
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2012 4:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Rep. Jay Inslee is resigning from Congress to focus full time on running for governor of Washington state this fall. The Democrat announced his decision today at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee is in his eighth term representing a Seattle-area district in the House. Washington's Democratic governor, Christine Gregoire, is retiring at the end of her term. Inslee is running against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna to replace her.

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Inslee's 1st District seat will remain vacant until a new representative is elected in November. He is among 22 Democratic members of the House who are not seeking re-election, along with 16 Republicans. His resignation is effective March 20. (Read more Jay Inslee stories.)

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