Governor Christine Gregoire

(b. 1947)

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Governor Christine Gregoire (D)

The current Governor of Washington State is Democrat Christine Gregoire, a native of Auburn, Washington.

The Governor's Office Website is at:

Gregoire's Early Life

Christine O’Grady Gregoire (March 24, 1947) was raised in Auburn, Washington, by her mother, who worked as a short-order cook at Auburn's Rainbow Cafe to support the family. She rode horses, picked blueberries and learned the value of hard work and a good education. After graduating from Auburn High School, Gregoire entered the University of Washington. She graduated with a teaching certificate and Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and sociology. She met her husband, Mike, in September 1971 when they both worked for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. Gregoire received her law degree in 1977 from Gonzaga University.


Governor Gregoire and her husband Mike have two daughters, Courtney and Michelle. Courtney, married to Scott Lindsay, is an attorney and Michelle works as a legislative assistant in Olympia.


Political Career

Attorney General of Washington (1993-2005)
1992: Campaign for Attorney General (won)

1996: Campaign for Attorney General (won)

2000: Campaign for Attorney General (won)



Governor of Washington (Jan. 12, 2005-Present)

2004: Campaign for Governor (won)

2008: Campaign for Governor (ran as the incumbent, won)



1965: Diploma, Auburn Senior High School

1965-1969: BA Speech and Sociology, and a teaching certificate, University of Washington

1977: Law Degree, Gonzaga University in Spokane


Roman Catholic


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