Dennis P. Hession

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Dennis P. Hession
Dennis Hession speaking March 17, 2017
42nd Mayor of Spokane, Washington
In office
2005 (2005) – 2007 (2007)
Preceded byJames E. West
Succeeded byMary Verner
Personal details
Born1950 (age 68–69)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSpokane, Washington
Alma materGonzaga University (J.D.)

Dennis P. Hession (born 1950, Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American attorney[1] and Adjunct Professor of Law at Gonzaga University School of Law,[2] who was appointed mayor of Spokane, Washington for nearly two years. He became mayor pro tem on December 16, 2005, when a special election to recall Mayor James E. West was certified (West having been recalled after involvement in a sex scandal).[3]

Hession was officially appointed mayor by the City Council on January 3, 2006, to serve the remainder of West's term in office.[4] He unsuccessfully sought election to the appointed position, conceding the election to city council member, Mary Verner, on the evening of November 9, 2007. Prior to becoming mayor pro tem he had served for four years on the Spokane City Council. In 2004 he was elected City Council President.


  1. ^ "Hession, Dennis P. Attorney in Spokane, Washington WA". US Lawyers DB. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Gonzaga School of Law". Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  3. ^ "New Spokane Mayor Takes Oath of Office". Article collections. Los Angeles Times. January 4, 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  4. ^ Prager, Mike (January 3, 2006). "Hession to be sworn in as mayor". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, WA. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
Preceded by
James E. West
Mayor of Spokane, Washington
Succeeded by
Mary Verner