Christine Gregoire is Washington's 16th State Attorney
General and the first woman elected to the position in state history.
Ms. Gregoire, who is beginning her third term, was raised in
Auburn, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington
in 1969 with a teaching certificate and Bachelor of Arts degree
in speech and sociology. In 1977, she received a Juris Doctorate
degree and, in 1995, an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Gonzaga
As Attorney General, Ms. Gregoire has worked to protect the state's
most vulnerable citizens - our children and the elderly. As the
1999-2000 President of the National Association of Attorneys General
(NAAG), Ms. Gregoire lead a major project to identify causes and
solutions of youth violence. The results were published in the
NAAG publication, Bruised Inside, What our Children Say About
Youth Violence, What Causes It, and What We Need to Do About It.
Her office also has produced materials that can be used to make
Ms. Gregoire created a special criminal unit to prosecute those
who abuse vulnerable adults, started training programs to protect
seniors from financial exploitation, and used the Consumer Protection
Act to stop business practices that prey on our elderly.
She recently formed a strike team of attorneys and investigators
to focus on Internet fraud and crime. The new High Tech Unit will
prosecute consumer protection and criminal cases as well as provide
expertise to local law enforcement on Internet crimes. It has
also developed a unique mediation program where consumers and
businesses can attempt to resolve conflicts on-line.
Ms. Gregoire has been a leader on the issue of consumer privacy
rights by championing consumers' right to protect financial information
from misuse and abuse.
In November 1998, as the lead negotiator for states, Ms. Gregoire
announced the settlement of state lawsuits against the tobacco
industry. The settlement provides the largest financial settlement
in the history of the world and mandates tough, new restrictions
on cigarette advertising and youth marketing. In the first 25
years alone Washington State will receive $4.5 billion from tobacco
companies. Ms. Gregoire chairs the Board of Directors for a new
multi-state foundation that was established by the settlement
agreement and is funded by the tobacco industry to develop anti-smoking
education and cessation programs nationwide.
During her tenure as Director of the Washington Department of
Ecology between 1988 to 1992, Ms. Gregoire 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. In 1998, Ms. Gregoire announced
a breakthrough agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE)
to resolve the lawsuit filed by her office to uphold the terms
of the TPA and keep Hanford cleanup on track and moving forward.
With this agreement for the first time in history, USDOE is required
to cleanup the "worst first" by prioritizing projects based on
the highest level of environmental risk.
Other major accomplishments include: arguing and winning a significant
U.S. Supreme Court case which clarified key provisions of the
federal Clean Water Act; leading an effort to approve tougher
state ethics laws; and, establishing stronger legal protections
for victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
Ms. Gregoire's public service leadership and accomplishments
have earned her recognition at both the state and national level.
Her most recent awards include the Excellence in Leadership
Award from the National Leadership Conference of Women
Executives in State Government; the top Woman in Government
Award from Good Housekeeping Magazine; the Woman of the
Year Award from the American Legion Auxiliary; the Award
of Excellence from the Washington State Association of Local
Public Health Officials; the 2000 Special Recognition Award
from the Washington State Nurses Association; and, her selection
as one of the nation's 25 Most Influential Working Mothers
by Working Mother Magazine. Ms. Gregoire has also received the
Myra Bradwell Award from Gonzaga University School of Law;
the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governor's Award
for Professionalism; the prestigious Wyman Award from
the National Association of Attorneys General; the Gleitsman
Award for leadership in public health; and, the Governor's
Child Abuse Prevention Award for spearheading a major effort
to reform Washington's juvenile system.
Ms. Gregoire's legal career began in the AG's Spokane Office
in 1976 as a law clerk. She became an Assistant Attorney General
working on child abuse and neglect cases in 1977. In 1982, one
year after being promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General
and top manager of the Spokane Office, Ms. Gregoire became the
first woman to be appointed Deputy Attorney General.
Ms. Gregoire and her husband Michael reside in Olympia with their