Anti-salmon farming State Senator resigns amid sexual harassment investigation

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Kevin Ranker, a Democrat from Orcas Island, informed Senate leadership of his resignation on Saturday .

The state Senate hired an outside firm in October to investigate allegations that Ranker sexually harassed an employee, according to Q13 FOX.

The investigation is related to sexual harassment and hostile workplace issues while Ranker was the legislative liaison for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In an email to his constituents and others Saturday, Ranker wrote that he has fully cooperated with the investigation.

“I am deeply sorry for any stress I caused her and I sincerely apologize,” he wrote. “I wish her peace.”

Speaking on behalf to Sen. Ranker, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig said.

“Because this remains an on-going investigation, I will wait to comment further until I have had the opportunity to read the investigator’s completed report on the allegations against Sen. Ranker. The Senate remains committed to creating and fostering a safe, inclusive workplace for everyone,” he said.

Ranker was a key driver behind House Bill 2957, the Washington Legislature which voted to phase out salmon farming in the state. When passed he told reporters that the measure would protect the Salish Sea and thousands of jobs that depend on it.