Gary Locke: biography and timeline
Age: 61, born in Seattle Experience: King County deputy prosecutor, 1976-80; Washington state lawmaker, 1982-93; King County executive...
Age: 61, born in Seattle
Experience: King County deputy prosecutor, 1976-80; Washington state lawmaker, 1982-93; King County executive, 1994-97; Washington governor, 1997-2005; partner, Davis Wright Tremaine law firm, 2005-2009; secretary of commerce, 2009-present
Education: Bachelor's degree, Yale University, 1972; law degree, Boston University, 1975
Family: Wife, Mona Lee Locke; three children
1982: Elected to state House from Seattle's 37th District; for five years, chaired appropriations committee, a job that involves writing and negotiating state budget
1993: Elected King County executive, defeating incumbent Tim Hill; cut budget, expanded transit services, developed nationally acclaimed growth-management plan
1996: Elected governor, defeating Republican Ellen Craswell and becoming nation's first Chinese-American governor
1998: Leads opposition to voter-approved Initiative 200, which prohibited race-based preferences in state hiring, contracting and college admissions; opposes voter-approved Referendum 49, which cut vehicle taxes and pumped $2.4 billion into road construction by shifting money out of general fund
2000: Voters approve two ballot initiatives, to boost teacher salaries and reduce class sizes by hiring more teachers; pushes through Legislature an economic-development package for rural communities; re-elected to second term by defeating Republican John Carlson
2001: Legislature and Locke fail to pass transportation plan; Boeing announces headquarters will move to Chicago, prompting criticism that the governor failed to heed business concerns; creates Washington Competitiveness Council to keep companies
2002: Voters reject Referendum 51, a $7.8 billion roads package, prompting criticism that Locke showed no leadership by pushing for referendum to be placed on ballot.
2003: Delivers Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address; favors cuts over tax increases to deal with projected $2.6 billion budget deficit; proposes $3 billion incentive package to Boeing for 7E7 Dreamliner program
2005: Becomes partner in Davis Wright Tremaine law firm in Seattle
2006: Works to bring Chinese President Hu Jintao to Seattle to meet with state and business leaders
2008: Runs leg of Olympic torch relay in China before Beijing Olympics
2009: Nominated by President Obama to lead Commerce Department (sworn in March 26)
2011: Nominated by Obama for ambassadorship to China
Source: Seattle Times archives
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