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Sen. Paull Shin resigns from state Senate

Sen. Paull Shin
Sen. Paull Shin

Sen. Paull Shin

Sen. Paull Shin announced Tuesday he is resigning from the state Senate, citing recent health problems and a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. His resignation is effective immediately.

Shin, 78, served in the state House from 1993 to 1994, and was elected to the Senate in 1998. In a resignation letter to the governor, Shin outlined his reasons for stepping down.

“Although I had planned to retire from the Legislature at the end of my term later this year, I have reluctantly determined with the assistance of my family that recent health problems including my age, memory problems, and a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s make it impossible for me to represent my constituents in the manner in which they deserve. I believe it is in everyone’s best interest — my family, my constituents, the Senate, and the great State of Washington — for me to step down at this time,” Shin wrote.

Shin, a Democrat, represents the 21st Legislative District.

Shin was adopted by an American soldier during the Korean War, according to his biography. He received a Ph.D from the University of Washington and was a professor for 31 years.

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