Adam Kline

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Adam Kline
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Member of the Washington Senate
from the 37th district
In office
Succeeded by Pramila Jayapal
Personal details
Born Adam Daniel Kline
(1944-10-27) October 27, 1944 (age 72)
Red Bank, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Desire Plumb, Laura Gene Middaugh
Website Senate homepage

Adam Daniel Kline (born October 27, 1944) was the State Senator for Washington's 37th district, comprising part of South Seattle, six precincts in Renton and two in Tukwila. He served the 37th District for more than 17 years. He chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was a member of the Government Operations and Elections Committee and the Rules Committee.[1]

Before entering law school, Kline worked as a merchant seaman and as a newspaper reporter. He is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement. He worked for SNCC in Greenwood, Mississippi, during the 1964 Freedom Summer and, after law school, returned to Greenwood in 1972 to work for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services.[2]

In January 2010, Kline sponsored SB 6396 which attempted to ban assault rifles and pistols.[3][4][5] In February 2013, Kline sponsored SB 5737 which would allow police to conduct warrantless searches in the homes of gun owners once per year, with a punishment of up to one year in jail for citizens who did not comply. Kline later stated he had not closely read the bill and had made a mistake.[6] Media reports noted the inspection provision was present in both Kline's SB 6396 (2010) and earlier SB 5475 (2005) bills as written by the Brady Campaign and the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.[7]

Kline practiced law 32 years before retiring in 2004 to work for the Laborers Union. He was a cooperating attorney with the ACLU and is active with NARAL and Washington Conservation Voters.

In 1972, Kline married Desire Plumb, with whom he had one child, Genevieve Amanda Kline. He and Desire parted in 1979, and, in 1989, he married Laura Gene (Genie) Middaugh, who serves as a judge on the King County Superior Court.[8]


  1. ^ Adam Kline to retire from state Senate Archived June 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Seattle Times, January 2, 2014. Accessed online 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement: Adam Kline Archived February 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. on, July 24, 2001. Accessed online 24 May 2007.
  3. ^ Pro-gun activists show up en masse[permanent dead link], The Olympian, January 27, 2010
  4. ^ Proposed ban on some assault weapons gets mixed reviews Archived March 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., The Spokesman-Review, January 26, 2010
  5. ^ Wash. state lawmakers debating assault weapons ban Archived June 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., KING 5 News, January 26, 2010
  6. ^ Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort Archived April 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Seattle Times, February 17, 2013
  7. ^ Dems keep shooting themselves in foot[permanent dead link], Seattle Times, February 28, 2013
  8. ^[permanent dead link]

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