J.T. Wilcox

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox discusses his decision to leave his leadership position. (Courtesy Washington State Journal)

OLYMPIA — After five years serving as Washington state’s House Republican Leader, Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, announced his decision to step down from his leadership role.

Being the House Republican Leader is a partisan job, and in the past, Wilcox said if his leadership did not result in a more balanced Legislature, it was time for a change. The House of Representatives currently has 58 Democrats and 40 Republicans.