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Steve Gonzalez


Washington Supreme Court

Position 8

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Steve Gonzalez

Legal/Judicial Experience: Current Supreme Court Justice. Ten years as a King County Superior Court Judge. Practiced criminal and civil law as an Assistant US Attorney, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor in Seattle, and an Associate at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson.

Other Professional Experience: Chair, Access to Justice Board. Chair, Court Security Committee. National instructor on international terrorism prosecution.

Education: B.A. with Honors, Pitzer College. J.D., U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Rotary Scholar in Economics, Hokkaido University (Japan). Honorary Doctorate from Gonzaga University. Speaks Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese.

Community Service: Regularly mentors minority and low-income students and speaks on the importance of public education and understanding our judicial process.

Statement: Justice Steve Gonzalez is a husband and father with a long and distinguished career serving the people of Washington. Before joining the Supreme Court, Steve spent a decade as King County Superior Court Judge, where he earned the respect of attorneys, jurors, and litigants. Steve is passionate about justice for all.

Before becoming a judge, Justice Gonzalez was a federal and municipal prosecutor, prosecuting terrorism, identity theft, and domestic violence. He also worked as a business attorney and regularly provided free legal services for people who could not pay.

Justice Gonzalez has received numerous awards and recognition as a jurist, including “Outstanding Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Bar and the “Vanguard Award” from KC Washington Women Lawyers. He is rated “exceptionally well qualified” by nine professional and civic organizations.

Justice Gonzalez is overwhelmingly endorsed by: All the State Supreme Court Justices; 250 judges across the state; Congressman Jay Inslee and Attorney General Rob McKenna; the State Labor Council and Association of Washington Business; Republican and Democratic Legislative Districts; the State Council of Firefighters and Patrol Troopers; Lenny Wilkens, Anne Levinson, Tomio Moriguchi, Sal Mungia, Governor Dan Evans, Judge Charles V. Johnson (ret.), and thousands more.

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Opponent: Bruce Danielson
Questionnaire responses: For King County Democrats

Video Voters' Guide:


Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Law Society * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Justice for Washington
* Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Refused to
Well Qulified
Latina/o Bar Ass'n of Washington * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Pierce County
Minority Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
Inadequate Highly
Tacoma/Pierce County
Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
* Well Qualified
Women Lawyers
* Well Qualified

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings from all organizations for all candidates, and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


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Steve Gonzalez


Media stories:
    July 29, 2012
Kitsap Sun   Criticism over Port Orchard attorney's quiet candidacy for Supreme Court
    July 26, 2012
Seattle Times   Primary to determine one State Supreme Court race
    July 23, 2012
Seattle P-I   King County ballots, vtr. pamphet are misleading
    July 22, 2012
Seattle P-I   Challengers no-shows at Supreme Court forum
    July 20, 2012
Northwest Public Radio   For Washington Supreme Court Justice, "Primary" Race Is Final
    June 26, 2012
The Stranger   Does his name sound too Mexican?, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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