Timeline of Chris Gregoire’s life and legacy

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1947

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

1988

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

1992

Elected state attorney general

1996

Re-elected to second term as attorney general

1997

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

2000

Re-elected to third term as attorney general

2003

Announced candidacy for governor

Diagnosed with breast cancer, she had surgery and recovered

2004

Nov. 2 — General election

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

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

Jan. 16 – Last day in office