By Melissa Santos and Jordan Schrader
Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as House minority leader after a health emergency kept him home for a week.
DeBolt will finish the remainder of his two-year term, he said Wednesday, but not as leader of the House Republicans. Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, will step into the leadership role for now, DeBolt said.
DeBolt formally announced his decision Wednesday morning on the House floor.
“I’m not leaving, I’m just changing roles for a while,” he said.
According to a news release from DeBolt’s office, the lawmaker “had a medical …