Congressman Smith Statement on Retirement of Congressman Jim McDermott

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement today after Congressman Jim McDermott announced he would not seek re-election to Congress this year:

January 4, 2016

“Throughout his career as a psychiatrist, member of the United States Navy, and as an elected official, Jim McDermott has always put service above self. As one of the strongest progressives in the United States Congress during his 14-term tenure, Jim has served his constituents in Washington's 7th congressional district with vigor, grace, and tenacity.

"Jim's dedication to ensuring people were able to live better and more productive lives led him to be a leading proponent for legislation that continues to positively impact our country. His dedication to seeing the Affordable Care Act implemented saw Americans, for the first time, having meaningful access to high-quality health care. He also helped make important changes to our foster care system that now keeps siblings together and gives kids health care resources after they turn 18 years old. As a psychiatrist for the United States Navy, Jim knew the importance of supporting our veterans, and was a leading advocate for veterans' mental health and suicide prevention programs.  

"Throughout his time serving the public in the Washington State Legislature to his tenure in Congress, Jim has been a tireless advocate for our region. Jim’s voice will be missed in our Washington state delegation, and I thank Jim for his service and friendship.”