The longest serving Republican in the state House plans to step down at the end of the year, according to a statement released Tuesday.
State Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane Valley, said his Dec. 31 resignation is for family reasons. The 68-year-old’s statement cited the fact that both he and his wife Peggy have endured health issues in recent years.
“This is the best job I’ve ever had, but it’s time,” Crouse said.
Crouse, who was born in Seattle but moved to the Spokane area in 1974, was elected to office in 1995, according to the statement. He currently serves as the assistant ranking GOP member of the state House Technology and Economic Development Committee.
House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen said Crouse is “respected by people of all political persuasions.”
“He is a trusted statesman and a true gentleman – the type of leader we need in today’s political arena,” said Kristiansen, R-Snohomish.
Crouse’s resignation will leave his safe Republican seat filled by a temporary replacement until 2014, when his term ends.