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January 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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Sen. Bob McCaslin retiring after 30 years in office

Posted by Andrew Garber

State Sen. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, announced Tuesday that he's stepping down immediately from the Washington State Senate because of health concerns.

McCaslin, 84, is the most-senior member of the Legislature, having represented the 4th District for 30 years. His retirement comes midway through his eighth term

"I've always tried not to let the years slow me down or affect my ability to serve the people of the Fourth District, but as my doctors have made clear to me, that can no longer be the case," McCaslin said in a statement.

Fourth District precinct committee officers will choose up to three nominees to replace McCaslin. Spokane County commissioners will pick one of them to take McCaslin's seat.

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