10 Washington Congressmen That Ended Term Early | News
The nice thing about public records, when kept long enough, you collect all sorts of interesting knowledge you never thought would come in handy until the 10th sitting member of the U.S House of Representatives leaves office before completing their term.
The Office of Secretary of State historian, Patrick McDonald, compiled a list of Washington congressmen who never finished their term. The latest is Jay Inslee who resigned on March 30th to focus on his campaign for Governor.
The 5th congressional district is kind of interesting if you’re a fan of patterns. For 24 years in a row, not a single congressman finished his term.
It started in 1919 when John Stanley Webster was elected to serve in that position. He resigned in 1923 to be a U.S. District Court Judge for Eastern Washington. Samuel Billingsley Hill took over during a special election, but he resigned too in 1937 to become a judge on the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals. The next man to hold the position was Charles Henry Leavy who resigned in 1943 to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for Western Washington.
Other factoids to note from MacDonald’s findings:
- Rep. Marion Zioncheck committed suicide in 1936.
- Both Rep. Francis W. Cushman, Fred B. Norman and Wesley Lloyd died in office.
- Rep. Russell Vernon Mack died of a heart attack in 1960 on the house floor.