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Former Sen. Paull Shin dies

First Korean American elected to the Washington state Legislature


Last updated 4/15/2021 at 4:46pm

Paull Shin

Dr. Paull H. Shin, who served in the 21st Legislative District for many years, died April 12, 2021, at age 85.

"Sen. Shin was one of those inspirational people whose incredible life story built a man of character and compassion," said 21st District Rep. Strom Peterson.

"He cared deeply for the people of the 21st District and the State of Washington and his tireless efforts on higher education will leave a lasting legacy."

Shin was the first Korean American elected to the Washington state legislature, where he served for 18 years. He was born in Korea in 1935. He and his family have been residents of Edmonds since 1968.

"Sen. Paull Shin will be missed by many in the Korean American community," said Rep. Cindy Ryu, whose 32nd Legislative District serves a portion of Edmonds.

"Even before his service in the Legislature, he was a long-time real estate agent handling many transactions and attending community events, including my wedding 38 years ago. My condolences to Donna, his extended family, and his LDS church community."

Shin is survived by his wife, Donna, two children and their spouses, five grandsons and spouses, three great-grandchildren, his adopted American family, his Korean family of four brothers and their spouses and children, one sister and spouse, and children and many friends.


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