Elected Experience: Washington State House of Representatives – 1989-1992 representing Yakima Valley; U.S. House of Representatives 1993-1994 representing Eastern Washington; U.S. House of Representatives 1999-2012 representing Kitsap, King and Snohomish counties.
Other Professional Experience: Attorney, author of Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy.
Education: Ingraham High School, Seattle, WA; graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in economics in 1972; graduated Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University Law School in 1976.
Community Service: Charter member of Hoopaholics to raise money for Childhaven; coached youth sports; served as an honorary board member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
Statement: My mission as governor is this - to create a stronger and growing economy for Washington. We invent, we create, and we build. It was our innovations that led the revolution in aerospace, then software. Today we are on the cusp of new revolutions in health sciences and clean energy technology. This is our moment to grow our economy and create jobs. We need to seize it.
Having lived, worked, and represented both sides of the Cascades, I understand how our economy works. Making Washington a hub for clean energy will launch small businesses across the state, allowing wind and biofuels from the east to power skyscrapers in the west.
To build this stronger economy and ensure every child has an opportunity for a successful future, we must adopt a no-excuses approach to education. I’ll implement proven reforms that produce more innovative schools and insist on high quality teachers in every classroom. We will prioritize our investments in: early childhood education; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and make college more accessible and affordable. No excuses.
I will bring this forward-thinking to our state by implementing lean management techniques to improve government services and efficiency and deliver health care at lower cost. In order to create change we need a leader who is willing to buck the status quo. I am one of the few who voted against the bank bailout and the deregulation of Wall Street.
We need a leader who is willing to protect senior citizens’ health care and pensions. I am the only candidate in this race who will stand up to protect a woman’s right to choose, which is why I’ve been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.
We can build a working Washington. I would be honored to have your vote.
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Elected Experience: King County Council; Washington State Attorney General
Other Professional Experience: Perkins Coie law firm, 1988-1996
Education: University of Washington, Economics B.A. and International Studies B.A.; University of Chicago, law degree
Community Service: Bellevue and Renton school bond/levy campaigns, 1994-2002; Bellevue Schools Foundation, 1993-2002; Bellevue College Foundation, 2000-2012; Boy Scouts Chief Seattle Council board, 2003-present; Seattle-King County Land Conservancy board, 1993-1995; Evergreen Forest Trust board, 2000-present; Washington State Army Advisory Board, 2011-present; President, National Association of Attorneys General, 2011-12; Norm Maleng Honoree award, Eastside Domestic Violence Program, 2010; Friend of Children award, Washington State PTA, 2008.
Statement: Son of a teacher and a soldier, Rob McKenna learned the value of public service from his parents, and wants to continue serving Washington's people as Governor. He will take our state in a New Direction, promoting excellence in public schools, helping innovative businesses create jobs and reforming state government.
Rob graduated from Sammamish High and the UW. Marilyn and Rob are the parents of four children who have attended public school, and their passion for education led him to serve as president of the Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue College Foundation. Rob’s education platform is simple - put students first, fully fund our schools and stop cutting our colleges and universities.
Rob knows the private sector creates jobs, not government. He traveled across Washington learning from small business owners about our state’s burdensome tax system and redundant regulations. His New Direction plan cuts government red tape, provides small business tax relief and reduces health care costs by giving employees greater control over their health spending.
McKenna has been a leader as Washington’s Attorney General, reducing staff while increasing productivity. He made the office a national model for protecting consumers from mortgage fraud and identity theft, earning his peers' bipartisan “Outstanding Attorney General” award.
McKenna grew up in a military family. Living around the world gave him a great appreciation for different backgrounds and viewpoints. Rob used that experience to build bipartisan support for laws fighting prescription drug abuse, domestic violence and to crack down on sex offenders.
Washington faces tough budget challenges that threaten public schools and higher education, the social safety net and our economic future. Rob McKenna is an experienced leader who works across party lines to solve problems. For great public schools, government reform and more private sector job creation, please vote Rob McKenna for Governor.
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