Banquet Keynote Speaker

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Banquet Keynote Speaker


GARY LOCKE, JD

Born in 1950 in Seattle, Washington to a family of five children, Gary Locke is a third-generation Chinese American with ancestral roots in Hong Kong and in Taishan, Guangdong Province. After graduating from Yale University in 1972 in Political Science, Locke went on to receive his JD from Boston University in 1975.

In 1982, Locke's South Seattle district elected him to the Washington House of Representatives, where he served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Eleven years later, in 1993, he made history by becoming the first Asian American elected as King County Executive, defeating the incumbent candidate. In 1996, Locke was elected as Washington's 21st governor, making him the first Asian American governor in the history of the mainland United States. On November 7, 2000, he was re-elected by an overwhelming majority

As governor, Locke worked to make Washington a better place to live, work, and raise a family by dramatically raising academic achievement in the public schools, strengthening the state's economy, improving transportation, expanding health care for vulnerable children and adults, and making state government more publicly accessible. …

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