Brady Walkinshaw

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Brady Walkinshaw
Brady Walkinshaw at KEXP mayoral forum 02.jpg
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
In office
Preceded byJamie Pedersen
Succeeded byNicole Macri
Personal details
Born (1984-03-26) March 26, 1984 (age 34)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Micah Horwith
ResidenceSeattle, Washington
Alma materPrinceton University (B.A.)

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (born March 26, 1984) is an American politician who served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017.[1] Walkinshaw represented the 43rd legislative district, which encompasses much of central Seattle. Since 2017, he has served as CEO of Grist, a Seattle-based online magazine focusing on environmental news.

Walkinshaw was a candidate for Washington's 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in the 2016 elections.[2] He had the endorsement of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and The Seattle Times,[3] but lost the election to Pramila Jayapal.

Washington legislature[edit]


A Democrat, Walkinshaw was appointed to office in 2013 following the election of Ed Murray as Mayor of Seattle.[4] When Jamie Pedersen assumed Murray's former seat in the Senate, Walkinshaw succeeded Pedersen in the House.[4] Walkinshaw was then elected in 2014.[5]


Walkinshaw was the primary sponsor of 'Joel's Law' (HB 1258),[6] which allows family members to petition Washington courts to involuntarily commit a relative for mental health treatment. The legislation adds $15 million to the state's mental health system. The bill passed through the State House on a unanimous vote, and its companion bill passed through the State Senate on a vote of 46 to 3, becoming law on July 24, 2015.[7]

On January 26, 2015, Walkinshaw introduced HB 1671, to increase access to opioid antagonists in order to reduce deaths resulting from drug overdose.[8] The bill passed through the State House on a vote of 96 to 1, through the State Senate on a unanimous vote, and became law on July 24, 2015.[9]

Walkinshaw served as primary sponsor for 'CROP' (HB 1553), which allows those released from prison to obtain a court certificate that restores access to licensed professions.[10] The bill passed unanimously through the State House and Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Inslee on March 31, 2016.[11]

On January 19, 2016, Walkinshaw introduced HB 2726, which establishes rights for senior citizens entering continuing care retirement communities and requires disclosure of costs and fees.[12] The bill passed through the State House on a vote of 83 to 13, unanimously through the State Senate, and was signed by the Governor on April 1, 2016.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

House, 2016 session
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources (Vice Chair)
  • Appropriations
  • Early Learning & Human Services


On March 7, 2017, Grist named Walkinshaw as its CEO, taking over from founder Chip Giller.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Walkinshaw is of Cuban American descent, and is openly gay.[16] Walkinshaw previously worked as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


  1. ^ "Seattle Sends A New Face To Olympia - Brady Walkinshaw, 29". KUOW-FM, January 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw Will Challenge US Rep. Jim McDermott in 2016" The Stranger, December 3, 2015
  3. ^ "Victory Fund".
  4. ^ a b "Democrats Choose Rep. Jamie Pedersen To Replace Sen. Ed Murray" KUOW-FM, December 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "November 4, 2014 General Election". King County Elections. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Governor signs 'Joel's Law' allowing families to ask judge to commit suicidal, dangerous relatives" Q13 Fox News, May 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "HB 1258 - 2015-16". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "New state law for overdose drug could be a life-saver" Yakima Herald, June 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "HB 1671 - 2015-16". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Inmates re-entering society should not face lifetime barriers to work" Seattle Times, February 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "HB 1553 - 2015-16". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "CCRC Bill Heightens Oversight" Senior Housing News, March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "HB 2726 - 2015-16". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  14. ^ Stewart, Ashley (March 7, 2017). "Former state lawmaker, congressional candidate Brady Walkinshaw named Grist CEO". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Connelly, Joel (March 8, 2017). "Brady Walkinshaw leaves politics to take on the Grist of journalism". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "New legislators, old lawmakers in new jobs". Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 4, 2013.

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