The head of Washington's state Republican Party is stepping down.
Kirby Wilbur, a talk radio host who became the state GOP chairman in 2011, will take a job with a conservative group in Washington, D.C., the Young America's Foundation.
The party sent out an e-mail announcement at 5:01 p.m. saying his resignation was effective at 5 p.m. Vice-chairwoman Luanne VanWerven will take over the interim job until a permanent chair can be elected within 90 days.
“I have been offered a five-year contract with the Young America’s Foundation that I would be foolish not to accept," Wilbur said in the news release. "I will be moving to the 'other' Washington within the next couple of months to write this next chapter of my life."
Just six months ago, Wilbur was elected to a second two-year term as chairman.
After unseating Luke Esser to win his first term, he presided over losses in hard-fought races for governor and attorney general. But he also was in charge as Republicans seized a larger role in the Legislature, taking over the Senate with the help of two renegade Democrats.
"We have had many successes and I have had some failures," he wrote. "The Party has a good crop of up-and-coming leaders, and a strong staff, and it will continue to move forward no matter whose hand is on the helm."