OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sen. Paull Shin's replacement should be named by the Snohomish County Council after its January 21 meeting, according to a county spokesperson.
Shin, D-Edmonds, announced his resignation Tuesday in a written statement saying it was "impossible" to serve his district after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Shin was first sworn into office in 1999. He also served as a state representative.
Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, called Shin an "incredible, honorable leader" who will be difficult to replace.
Shin, 78, was born in Korea and lived on the streets until he was adopted by an American soldier serving in Korea.
"He went from there and got his GED and a Ph.D. and then he taught for 31 years," said Nelson.
Shin was an inspiration to Korean-Americans in the state.
Eun Kyo Lee, the president of the Korean American Senior Association, said he met Shin at a number of community events.
Lee said his members appreciated having someone who came from Korea supporting them in America.