Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen dies after COVID battle at age 52

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Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, a staunch conservative, has died at age 52. Ericksen’s demise Friday got here weeks after he mentioned he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus whereas in El Salvador, although his reason for demise wasn’t instantly launched. 

“We are heartbroken to share that our husband and father passed away on Friday, Dec. 17. Please keep our family in your prayers and thank you for continuing to respect our privacy in this extremely difficult time,” his household shared with the Republican Caucus, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reported.

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters on Feb. 2, 2017 at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. 

Ted S. Warren / AP

He leaves behind his spouse, Tasha, and two daughters, the station reported.

Ericksen, a Ferndale Republican, reached out to Republican colleagues final month saying he had taken a visit to El Salvador and examined optimistic for COVID-19 shortly after he arrived. Reasons for his go to had been unclear.

In a message to state House and Senate members, Ericksen requested for recommendation on obtain monoclonal antibodies, which weren’t accessible within the Latin American nation.

He quickly organized a medevac flight from El Salvador, former state Rep. Luanne Van Werven mentioned. Van Werven mentioned the following week that the senator was recovering at a Florida hospital. No details about his location or situation had since been launched.

Ericksen represented the forty second District in Whatcom County and had been within the Legislature since 1998, the Seattle Times reported. He served six phrases within the state House earlier than being elected to the Senate in 2010.

Ericksen was a former chief of Donald Trump’s marketing campaign in Washington. He additionally was an outspoken critic of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency orders, and had launched laws aimed at defending the rights of people that don’t want to get vaccinated.

It was unclear if Ericksen had been inoculated towards the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says individuals needs to be totally vaccinated earlier than visiting El Salvador, the place present ranges of COVID-19 are “high.”

On Saturday, Gov. Inslee launched an announcement following Ericksen’s demise: “Trudi and I send our deep condolences to Doug’s family, friends and colleagues. Our hearts are with them.”

Trudi and I ship our deep condolences to Sen. Doug Ericksen’s household, pals and colleagues. Our hearts are with them.

— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 19, 2021

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