SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, a staunch conservative, has died at age 52.
Ericksen’s dying Friday got here weeks after he mentioned he had tested positive for the coronavirus while in El Salvador, although his reason for dying wasn’t instantly launched. The state Senate Republican Caucus confirmed his passing Saturday however didn’t say the place he died.
Ericksen, a Ferndale Republican, reached out to Republican colleagues final month saying he had taken a visit to El Salvador and examined constructive for COVID-19 shortly after he arrived. Causes for his go to have been unclear.
In a message to state Home and Senate members, Ericksen requested for recommendation on learn how to obtain monoclonal antibodies, which weren’t accessible within the Latin American nation.
He quickly organized a medevac flight from El Salvador, former state Rep. Luanne Van Werven mentioned. Van Werven mentioned the subsequent week that the senator was recovering at a Florida hospital. No information about his location or condition had since been launched.
Ericksen represented the forty second District in Whatcom County and had been within the Legislature since 1998, the Seattle Times reported. He served six phrases within the state Home earlier than being elected to the Senate in 2010.
Ericksen was a former chief of Donald Trump’s marketing campaign in Washington. He additionally was an outspoken critic of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency orders, and had launched laws aimed toward defending the rights of people that don’t want to get vaccinated.
It was unclear if Ericksen had been inoculated in opposition to the coronavirus. The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says folks ought to be absolutely vaccinated earlier than visiting El Salvador, the place present ranges of COVID-19 are “excessive.”