Sen. Paull Shin’s sudden announcement that he will retire from the Senate immediately earlier this week sent tributes to the long-time public servant rolling in.

A tribute to Sen. Shin and a bit about his personal story which aired on King 5 can be viewed by clicking here. The Everett Herald published an editorial about Sen. Shin’s life and legacy which can be viewed here.

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below about Sen. Shin and his decision to retire:

“Sen. Paull Shin is one of the most honorable legislators I have ever had the pleasure to serve with.

“He has been a valuable member of the Senate and an outstanding advocate for the people of the 21st District and of the Korean-American community throughout our state.

“Sen. Shin’s story is truly American. With the help of a heroic and empathetic G.I., he overcame a childhood of significant obstacles, arrived in America following the Korean War and served his adopted home with distinction as both a teacher and legislator for many years.

“This is a tremendous loss for the Senate. We all wish him only the best.”