Gov. Chris Gregoire joked Monday that when she’s done in office she’d like to take a little break — “for a week or two” — before deciding what to do next.
Here’s a little of what some other governors did after their tenures ended:
• Gary Locke served as U.S. Commerce Secretary u
nder President Barack Obama and is in line to become the next U.S. ambassador to China.
• John Spellman returned to the practice of law then, in 1990, made an unsuccessful run for state Supreme Court.
• Dan Evans served as president of The Evergreen State College. Following the death of U.S. Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in 1983, Spellman appointed Evans to complete Jackson’s term.
• Mike Lowry lost a bid for state Commissioner of Public Lands in 2000. He’s worked for a number of nonprofits and he and Evans are the longtime co-chairs of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
• Al Rosellini returned to his Seattle law practice.
• Booth Gardner was appointed trade ambassador to Geneva by President Bill Clinton. While he’s been less visible in recent years due to declining health, he did play a leading role in passage of the 2008 initiative establishing the Death with Dignity Act.