Mary Kay Becker
Background and early career
Becker was born in Aberdeen, Washington, and grew up at her family's ocean resort at Kalaloch. She is a graduate of Lake Quinault High School, and earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1966. After moving to Bellingham in 1969, Becker began her career as a paralegal for Northwest Washington Legal Services. She served as an early editor of the underground newspaper Northwest Passage. In 1974 she wrote the fictional Superspill: An Account of the 1978 Grounding at Bird Rocks (Madrona Press, Seattle) with Patricia Coburn. From 1975 to 1983, she served as a Democratic state representative for the 42nd district. Described at the time as "one of the most articulate voices in the Legislature", "one of the bright lights of the state Democratic party" and "an unequivocal liberal", she chose not to run for re-election in 1982.
She earned her law degree in 1982 from the University of Washington School of Law and worked as a private practice lawyer until 1994, when she was appointed to the Court of Appeals. She has also worked as a member of the Whatcom County Council (1984–85) and on the Western Washington University board of trustees (1989–1994).
She was elected to the Court of Appeals position in 1994. She was retained by voters in 2000 and 2006 and her current term ends in 2012. In 2004 she was an unsuccessful candidate for state Supreme Court., losing by 1,086,319 votes (47.97%) to rival Jim Johnson's 1,178,194 (52.03%).
- Directory of the Washington Court of Appeals[dead link]
- Members of Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals
- Official biography of Judge Becker
- "Court of Appeals Division I District #3 Position #1: Mary Kay Becker". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- "Crusading newspaper close to going under" The Spokesman-Review July 10, 1984; p. A7
- AP, "Legislative Report: Becker won't run." The Spokesman-Review March 23, 1982; p.11
- Editorial, "A legislator's untimely exit". Spokane Chronicle March 25, 1982; p. 16
- Mary Kay Becker election results
- Mary Kay Becker 2006 election results
- State voters guide to 2004 Judicial Election: Supreme Court Justice Position #1
- 2004 General Election > Judicial Offices > Results > State Supreme Court Justice Position #1
- press release at time of her 2000 run for Supreme Court[dead link]