Christine Gregoire

Born:March 24, 1947 (age 73)
Career:Governor of Washington, 2005-2012
Attorney general of Washington, 1993-2005
Education:B.S., University of Washington
J.D., Gonzaga University

Christine Gregoire, Washington's 22nd governor, served from 2005 to 2013. She was the second female governor of Washington.

Born on March 24, 1947, and raised in Auburn, Washington, Gregoire graduated from Auburn High School and continued on to the University of Washington. She completed her bachelor of science in speech and sociology in 1969. After college, Gregoire worked at Washington's Department of Social and Health Service. She also attended Gonzaga University and received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1977, and an honorary Doctor of Law in 1995.

From 1988 to 1992, Gregoire served as the director of the Washington Department of Ecology. During her tenure, she negotiated the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) with the federal government for the safe cleanup and permanent storage of radioactive wastes at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.

Prior to being elected governor, Gregoire was elected Washington's 16th and first woman attorney general in 1992. As attorney general, she focused on children's issues and led a statewide program that resulted in a comprehensive reform of the state's juvenile system. Re-elected twice, she also settled state lawsuits against the tobacco industry.

As governor, Gregoire worked to balance the budget shortfall by expanding health care coverage to low income children and introducing a plan to create a world class education system. Through her focus on transportation, education and social services, she created over 200,000 jobs in the state of Washington.

After leaving office, Gregoire became a public speaker. In 2014, she served as a Fall Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.