Angel to retire from Washington State Senate

Sen. Angel at her desk.

After 18 years of public service, state Sen. Jan Angel will retire at the end of her current term next January.

“It has been my extreme honor to serve the people of Kitsap County and the 26th District for the past 18 years as your county commissioner, state representative and state senator,” said Angel, R-Port Orchard. “Thank you for allowing me to be of service.”

Angel was first elected as a Kitsap County commissioner in 1999, serving eight years. She then was elected to the state House of Representatives three times, serving five years in that chamber. Angel then threw her hat in the ring for the state Senate’s 2013 special election in the 26th District, which at that time set a state record for the most expensive legislative race ever. Angel’s win in that election flipped power of the Senate to the Majority Coalition Caucus. Angel was re-elected in 2014. She is the first Republican woman elected to the Senate’s 26th District.

While in the Senate’s majority, Angel was elected vice chair of the Senate Republican Caucus. She also served as chair of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, was acting chair of the Senate Local Government Committee for half of 2017 and then served as vice chair following appointment of a new chair. Angel currently is ranking Republican of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, assistant ranking Republican of the Local Government Committee, which she helped originate, and assistant ranking Republican of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

In addition, Angel served on the House and Senate Health Care and Transportation committees. Angel was also appointed to the Senate Facilities and Operations Committee, the Senate Republican Committee on Committees and several task forces.

Angel introduced numerous bills that became law over her 10 years in the Legislature.