Elected Experience: King County Council; Washington State Attorney General
Other Professional Experience: Perkins Coie law firm, 1988-1996
Education: University of Washington, Economics B.A. and International Studies B.A.; University of Chicago, law degree
Community Service: Bellevue and Renton school bond/levy campaigns, 1994-2002; Bellevue Schools Foundation, 1993-2002; Bellevue College Foundation, 2000-2012; Boy Scouts Chief Seattle Council board, 2003-present; Seattle-King County Land Conservancy board, 1993-1995; Evergreen Forest Trust board, 2000-present; Washington State Army Advisory Board, 2011-present; President, National Association of Attorneys General, 2011-12; Norm Maleng Honoree award, Eastside Domestic Violence Program, 2010; Friend of Children award, Washington State PTA, 2008.
Statement: Son of a teacher and a soldier, Rob McKenna learned the value of public service from his parents, and wants to continue serving Washington's people as Governor. He will take our state in a New Direction, promoting excellence in public schools, helping innovative businesses create jobs and reforming state government.
Rob graduated from Sammamish High and the UW. Marilyn and Rob are the parents of four children who have attended public school, and their passion for education led him to serve as president of the Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue College Foundation. Rob’s education platform is simple - put students first, fully fund our schools and stop cutting our colleges and universities.
Rob knows the private sector creates jobs, not government. He traveled across Washington learning from small business owners about our state’s burdensome tax system and redundant regulations. His New Direction plan cuts government red tape, provides small business tax relief and reduces health care costs by giving employees greater control over their health spending.
McKenna has been a leader as Washington’s Attorney General, reducing staff while increasing productivity. He made the office a national model for protecting consumers from mortgage fraud and identity theft, earning his peers' bipartisan “Outstanding Attorney General” award.
McKenna grew up in a military family. Living around the world gave him a great appreciation for different backgrounds and viewpoints. Rob used that experience to build bipartisan support for laws fighting prescription drug abuse, domestic violence and to crack down on sex offenders.
Washington faces tough budget challenges that threaten public schools and higher education, the social safety net and our economic future. Rob McKenna is an experienced leader who works across party lines to solve problems. For great public schools, government reform and more private sector job creation, please vote Rob McKenna for Governor.