Legal/Judicial Experience: Current Supreme Court Justice. Ten years as King County Superior Court Judge. Former Assistant US Attorney, Domestic Violence Prosecutor, and business lawyer.
Other Professional Experience: Chair, statewide Access to Justice Board and Interpreter Commission. Chair, Traveling Court and Court Security Committees. National instructor on prosecuting international terrorism. State Constitutional Law Instructor at Gonzaga University.
Education: JD, UC Berkeley. BA with Honors, Pitzer College. Rotary International Scholar in Economics. Honorary Doctorates from Gonzaga and University of Puget Sound.
Community Service: Board member, Washington Leadership Institute, Northwest Minority Job Fair. Regularly teaches civics in schools across Washington, and mentors students.
Statement: Justice Steve Gonzalez is a husband and father with a distinguished career serving the people of Washington and protecting the integrity of our judicial system. He writes clear opinions that support our rights and the rule of law.
He spent a decade as a King County Superior Court Judge and earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for judicial access and fairness. As a lawyer, he prosecuted terrorism, hate crimes, and domestic violence. He was also a business attorney and regularly did free work for people who could not pay.
Justice Gonzalez was named “Outstanding Judge of the Year” by several organizations, including the Washington State Bar. He is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by ten professional and civic organizations, including the Veterans Bar, Joint Asian Bar, and Washington Women Lawyers.
Justice Gonzalez has bipartisan support. He is endorsed by his Supreme Court colleagues, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Attorney General Rob McKenna, Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Suzan DelBene, former Governor Gary Locke, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Senator Bob Hasegawa, Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, former Representative Velma Veloria, former King County Executive Ron Sims, judges statewide; State Labor Council, State Fire Fighters, State Patrol; legislative districts across the state.