December 9, 2019
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U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Olympia Democrat and strong trade supporter, announces retirement

A champion of international trade and the Ex-Im Bank is retiring after many years serving the state of Washington. U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., announced his retirement Wednesday. He received a standing ovation from AWB's D.C. Fly-in delegation at a previously scheduled meeting last week.

Heck said he loved working for veterans, forming the State Road 167 Coalition, working on the housing crisis and working on the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank, among other issues in the 10th Congressional District.

"The opportunity to work on these issues and others was only possible through the support and good graces of the people of the district," Heck said in his announcement. "I am eternally grateful to them. And I am equally grateful to the outstanding staff who have been a hard working and living testament to the promise of America’s future."

Heck began his service in Congress in 2013. He will complete his current and fourth term, which runs through 2020. He also served as a state legislator, founder and CEO of TVW, and chief of staff for a governor.

Heck mentioned former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., in his announcement.

"John taught us that we don't 'have' power but that we hold it in trust," Heck wrote. "It has been a privilege to hold this trust through the last many years."

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