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Kevin Korsmo


Washington Court of Appeals

Division III, District One

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Kevin KorsmoCurrent Occupation/Employer: Judge, Washington Court of Appeals.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Judge since February, 2008. Private practice 1982-1984. Worked as deputy prosecuting attorney 1984-2008.

Significant Career Experience: 20 years as appellate attorney; have argued several hundred cases in the Court of Appeals and 53 cases in the Washington Supreme Court, including two death penalty cases.

Education: J.D. with Honors, University of Washington School of Law (1982); B.S. North Dakota State University (1979); Gonzaga University (1975-1976).

Family: Married since 1980 to Barbara. Four children.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Judge Kevin Korsmo joined the Court of Appeals, Division Three, after a distinguished career as an appellate attorney in which he appeared before Division Three more often than any other attorney in history. Judge Kevin Korsmo is the only candidate rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by both the Washington Women Lawyers and the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Prior to his service on the Court of Appeals, Kevin served as a senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Spokane County from 1990 to 2008. There Kevin managed or argued over 2000 cases in the Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court. Kevin’s vast experience has earned him the endorsements of law enforcement agencies, the prosecuting attorneys of the six counties in his district, Bar groups, and people across the political spectrum. More than 30 justices and judges have endorsed him, including Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Justice Debra Stephens, Judge John Cooney, Judge Sam Cozza, Judge Tari Eitzen, and Judge Gregory Tripp.

Kevin met his wife, Barbara, at Gonzaga University in 1975. Married 28 years, they have four children. You can find a list of endorsements and other details on the campaign website,

Official web site:  
Opponent: Harvey Dunham
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
* Well Qualified
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
* Qualified
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Spokane Spokesman-Review  


Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

Harvey Dunham 08/13/2008 $13,088.15 $12,227.43
Kevin Korsmo 08/13/2008 $54,155.25 $50,442.44

Media stories:
    February 1, 2008
Spokesman-Review   Deputy prosecutor appointed to appeals court
    January 31, 2008
Seattle P-I   Gregoire appoints Kevin Korsmo to Spokane appeals court panel
The Governor's Office   Gov. Gregoire appoints Kevin M. Korsmo to Division III Court of Appeals

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