upcoming retirement according to the Seattle Times. The South Seattle Democrat has been an outspoken advocate in the senate and has famously taken on anti tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman and fellow Democrats Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire, both ex governors. He has also been a supporter of tougher drunk driving laws. He may be known more recently for a blow up with popular afternoon talk show co-host Don O'Neill. After being called to talk about an impending bill, O'Neill tried to get into a shouting match with the senator, who simply hung up. The phone conversation was played frequently during the broadcast, trying to demonstrate how out of touch government was or something.