Sen. Kline from Seattle to retire from Legislature

SEATTLE, Wash. - State Sen. Adam Kline, who has represented south Seattle in the state Senate for 17 years, has announced he will not seek re-election in November.

The civil liberties advocate told The Seattle Times that at 69, he is ready to spend more time with his family, travel and maybe climb Mount Rainier for a tenth time.

The retired attorney and former lobbyist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving was appointed to the Senate in 1997.

He is known for being a strong and vocal advocate for civil liberties, and says he is especially proud of a battle with former Gov. Gary Locke and then-Attorney General Chris Gregoire just after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Locke and Gregoire were trying to create a new crime of "terrorism" that Kline found too broad. They also wanted to expand the authority of police to wiretap citizens.

Kline succeeded in blocking both initiatives.