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April 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

State House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt steps down from post

House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt stepped down from his leadership post Wednesday morning due to health concerns.

He made the announcement on the House floor and said he plans to finish his two-year term in the Washington State House of Representatives. He was first elected in 1996.

DeBolt, R-Chehalis, told his staff and caucus about the decision Wednesday morning.

According to a statement released by his office, DeBolt had a medical emergency at his home on April 10. He’s been undergoing a series of medical tests since then. DeBolt experienced similar health problems two years ago, and has battled separate ailments over the last decade. No other details were released.

“After talking with my wife, father and doctor, this is the right decision,” DeBolt, R-Chehalis, said in a statement. “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.”

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