Cal Anderson

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Cal Anderson
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 43rd legislative district
In office
January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09) – August 4, 1995 (1995-08-04)
Preceded by Janice Niemi
Succeeded by Pat Thibaudeau
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the Position 1, 43rd legislative district
In office
November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09) – January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09)
Preceded by Janice Niemi
Succeeded by Pat Thibaudeau
Personal details
Born Calvin Bruce Anderson
(1948-05-02)May 2, 1948
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died August 4, 1995(1995-08-04) (aged 47)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Seattle, Washington

Calvin Bruce "Cal" Anderson (May 2, 1948 – August 4, 1995) was an American politician. A Democrat, he served in both chambers of the Washington State Legislature, representing the 43rd Legislative District in Pos. 1 in the State House of Representatives, as well as in the State Senate. Anderson was Washington's first openly gay legislator.[1]


Anderson served in Vietnam before his political career where he won two Bronze Star Medals and four Army Commendation Medals.[2] On November 9, 1987, Anderson was appointed to a state house vacancy by King County Council, becoming Washington state's first openly gay legislator. He represented the 43rd legislative district, focused on downtown Seattle. In November 1994, he was elected to the Washington State Senate, taking office in January 1995. He served only briefly in the Senate, dying on August 4, 1995 of AIDS. Future Seattle mayor Ed Murray served as his campaign manager during the 1988 legislative race.[3]

On April 10, 2003, Seattle's Broadway Park was renamed Cal Anderson Park in his honor.[4]


  1. ^ "". 
  2. ^ "Cal Anderson, 47, Gay State Legislator". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Josh Feit, The Education of Ed Murray, Seattle Met (January 2013).
  4. ^ "Parks - Parks -". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

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