Politics Blog

State Rep. Jason Overstreet will not seek reelection in 42nd District

Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-Lynden, represents the 42nd Legislative District.
Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-Lynden, represents the 42nd Legislative District. COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

State Rep. Jason Overstreet, one of the most conservative members of the State House, has announced that he will not be running for re-election after completing his second two-year term representing the 42nd District.

"It's time for me to spend more focused time with my growing family, raising them in the fear and admonition of The Lord, counseling them as they grow in character, and instructing them in the principles of freedom," Overstreet said on his Facebook page.

Overstreet made headlines recently by calling for the resignation of Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard, after Shepard said he wanted to increase the enrollment of non-white students at the university.

During his years in Olympia, Overstreet sponsored a bill to remove the sales tax on guns and ammunition. He also criticized special tax breaks for Boeing Corp., and backed a "Gold and Silver Legal Tender Act."

He joined with liberals in fighting federal detention of U.S. citizens.

Luanne Van Werven, state vice-chairwoman of the Republican Party, has already announced her intention to seek the seat in the upcoming election. Filing for office begins Monday, May 12. 

Details to follow.