Rep. Jim Jacks, a Vancouver Democrat on his caucus' leadership team, resigned his seat suddenly today for personal reasons. House Democrats announced the move this morning and said the second-term Democrat was in his third year having been elected in 2008.
House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, put out this statement, which confirmed rumors heard after Jacks failed to show up for committee hearings yesterday:
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Jacks was excused from committee appearances yesterday, House Democratic spokeswoman Melinda McCrady said. House Chief Clerk Barbara Baker indicated that she had no records of complaints about the lawmaker.
Jacks was assistant majority whip for the Democratic caucus, part of a growing leadership team. Sullivan told my reporting colleague Jordan Schrader that Jacks faxed in the letter of resignation today citing family and personal reasons and that leadership had not sought the resignation, which he said was entirely voluntary.
Jacks is a former aide to Gov. Chris Gregoire, representing her office with constituency work in Southwest Washington. He listed his occupation as business development at MacKay & Sposito, a Clark County firm that provides such services as engineering, surveying, planning and construction management.
His legislative biography says he also is a former citizen advocate for Vancouver, that he established a victim-offender mediation program for Clark County Juvenile Court, and had been a volunteer mediator in small claims court and for neighborhood disputes.