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Thursday, January 20, 2022

A Washington state senator has died at the age of 52 after a Covid infection.

State Senator Doug Erickson, a Republican who led efforts to oppose Washington state’s COVID-19 emergency orders and vaccine mandates, has died after his battle with the disease. He was 52 years old.

Last month, Mr Ericsson wrote to his Republican colleagues in the Legislature, telling them he had tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling to El Salvador. He sought help from collaborators in obtaining monoclonal antibodies.

It is not clear where Mr Ericsson was at the time of his death. Mr Ericsson’s family said in a statement on Saturday that he had passed away the day before.

“Please keep our family in your prayers and thank you for continuing to respect our privacy at this very difficult time,” the family wrote in a statement shared by the state Senate’s Republican Caucus.

Mr. Ericsson, who represented much of Whatcom County, served in the Legislature from 1999, becoming a prominent conservative voice, and Donald J. Became an early supporter of Trump’s presidential campaign. During the pandemic, he led the government’s efforts to counter Jay Inslee’s coronavirus restrictions, introducing legislation that restricted vaccine mandates and calling for the governor to resign.

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“Washington is No. 1 under pressure from the state government,” Mr. Ericsson said in a statement last month.

It is not clear whether Mr Ericsson was vaccinated.

State Senator Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat, wrote in a message on Saturday that he and Mr. Ericsson attended the same high school and then spent years as leaders of a state Senate committee focused on environmental, energy and technology issues. had served together.

“Our policy battle was tough and difficult, but we respect each other’s fierce devotion to serving the public and our communities,” Mr. Carlyle wrote. “Our friendship found ways to rise above political differences.”

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