The residents of Warrington and the area southwest of Doylestown must say goodbye to to the woman who has represented them in Harrisburg since 2018. Friday is Kathy Watson’s final day serving as State Representative for the 144th district.

Watson released a letter to her constituents this week thanking them for the opportunity and trust they placed in her.

“As I wrap up this part of my career in public service, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for your continued support over the past 18 years and for sharing your stories with me,” Watson writes. “Because of the challenges you have faced and the circumstances many of you have dealt with, I’ve taken those concerns to the state Capitol where I am hopeful we were able to make a positive change in your lives.

Watson spent 18 years in Harrisburg writing laws for children, foster care, and the adoption process. She served as Chairwoman of the Children and Youth Committee, which she says was the highlight of her career.

State Rep. Kathy Watson says farewell to her peers in Harrisburg.

“Children and Youth is what I call a tier one committee,” Watson said in her farewell speech to her peers in Harrisburg. “It’s important. It represents lot’s of people in our state who honestly don’t have a voice, who don’t have a lobbyist, but who really our your future and mine. And that would be the children and the young people of Pennsylvania.”

Her offices, Facebook page, and website closed this week. Now redirects to the PA House Republican Caucus website.

“Before the clock chimes at midnight on Friday and my email disappears, I just want to say thank you to all of you,” Watson closes. “As I turn the last few pages of this chapter and get ready to begin the next one, I wish you all good luck and God speed.”

Earlier this year, Watson decided not to seek reelection. She will be succeeded by Republican representative elect F. Todd Polinchock in January.