After 32 years of service to the state, Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam has decided to retire. (TRT: 1:45) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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On the final day of the 2016 regular Legislative Session, Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam announced his decision to retire after more than 32 years of service to the state.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 14) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “When I first came to the legislature, Cherberg was the Lieutenant Governor. I served with John O’Brien in the House and when I came to the Senate, I have a picture up in my office coming down the center aisle and shaking hands with Irv Newhouse. So, I’ve been here awhile.

Hargrove in his speech then went on to thank staff, his colleagues, and detailed the highlights of many policies he worked to pass.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 22) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “The most important is the Becca legislation. I think we have had incredible success reducing juvenile crime, keeping kids out of prison, helping kids get on with their lives. I am also very proud of the mental health legislation we did that gave the local option and for finally gonna be combining mental health and drug and alcohol treatment through the BHOs by April 1st.”

In a show of deep respect, nearly every member of the Senate stood and spoke in honor of the leadership, friendship and principles he exhibited throughout his extensive legislative career. Gov. Jay Inslee also made a special appearance in the Senate chamber and spoke of Hargrove’s dedication to the least among us.

Hargrove, a long-time, champion of the human services offered this final heartfelt advice to his colleagues:

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 10) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “So I implore you to remember the poor, disadvantaged, and the ill. The developmentally disabled and people that really you are their voice here.”

Hargrove served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1992 and has served the people of the 24th and the State of Washington in the Senate since 1993.

In Olympia, Nicole Vukonich.