Timeline of Chris Gregoire’s life and legacy


March 24 — Born, Chris O’Grady, in Auburn, Wash.


Appointed director of the Department of Ecology by Gov. Booth Gardner


Elected state attorney general


Re-elected to second term as attorney general


Settlement reached in states’ lawsuit against major tobacco companies. Gregoire was one of five attorneys general to negotiate deal which became final in 1998


Re-elected to third term as attorney general


Announced candidacy for governor

Diagnosed with breast cancer, she had surgery and recovered


Nov. 2 — General election

Dec. 30 — Gregoire certified as winner in third recount of ballots


Jan. 11 — Republican-led effort to delay seating of governor fails

Jan. 12 — Delivers inaugural address

April — Negotiates passage of transportation package featuring 9.5 cents a gallon gas tax increase

June 6 — Chelan County judge denies election challenge; Rossi concedes

July — Department of Transportation made a cabinet agency

Oct. 31 — 1st press release issued identifying her as ‘Chris’ Gregoire, rather than Christine Gregoire

Nov. 8 — Voters reject Initiative 912, retain the gas tax increase


Jan. 31 — Signs law banning discrimination against any person because of their sexual orientation.


Nov. 20 – Four rusting Steel Electric class of state ferries pulled from service due to mounting safety concerns

December – Flooding closes I-5 in Chehalis


Sept. 28 – Stock market tumbles by nearly 778 points, the largest single-day point loss in U.S. history

Nov. 4 – Wins re-election, defeats Dino Rossi


Nov. 29 – Four Lakewood police officers slain in coffee shop


Jan. 29, Corrections officer Jayme Biendl strangled to death in chapel of Washington State Reformatory


Jan. 5 – Washington Supreme Court rules in McCleary v. State that the state is not amply funding the basic education of students in public schools

Feb. 13 – Signs law legalizing marriage for same-sex couples


Jan. 15 – Scheduled to deliver final State of the State Address

Jan. 16 – Last day in office

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