Legal/Judicial Experience: Greg Zempel is in his sixth term as Kittitas County Prosecutor. Greg has handled nearly every type of criminal prosecution, from shoplifting to murder. He serves as the head of the county's civil division, advising the county on complex legal issues.
Other Professional Experience: Past President, Washington Association of County Officials.
Education: BA, University of Washington; Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound. Proud graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle.
Community Service: Greg helped create the Sexual Assault Interagency Coalition, and “Protecting Our Children”, a group that educates parents on the risks of sexual predators. He has coached youth soccer and baseball.
Statement: Greg Zempel is a leader in law enforcement and local government – experience the people of Washington need on our state Supreme Court. For more than twenty years, Zempel has kept the people of Kittitas County safe as their County Prosecutor. He has the support of Judges, Prosecutors, state legislators and both Democrats and Republicans to become our next Supreme Court Justice.
We all know our state Supreme Court has become too political. Law enforcement knows that the court is also too unpredictable, often changing the rules that prosecutors rely on to fairly and effectively fight crime. Zempel promises a court that is “less political, more predictable.”
The court has no one with major criminal prosecution experience – a serious omission because criminal law makes up a majority of the court’s cases. Adding a prosecutor to the court will make our state safer. The court has only one member from eastern Washington, and no one with county government experience. Electing Greg Zempel to the court will add much needed diversity to a court that simply doesn’t reflect our state.
Greg and his wife Dawn have four children. The family enjoys hiking and many other outdoor activities.