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Oral Histories & Biographies Oral Histories & Biographies

The following legislative oral histories were published by the Office of the Secretary of State prior to 2008. Since then, the Legacy Project has become the new oral history program within the Office of the Secretary of State. But you can find all of the oral histories and online exhibits from the previous program below.




Atwood, R. Frank
42nd District State Senator;
Majority/Minority Leader
Published in 2003



Bailey, Robert
19th District State Representative/Senator;
Utilities and Transportation Commissioner
Published in 1996



Barnes, Richard
33rd District State Representative
Published in 1994



Brazier, Don
14th District State Representative;
Utilities and Transportation Chair
Published in 2005



Brouillet, Frank "Buster"
25th District State Representative;
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Published in 1999



Canwell, Albert
5th District State Representative;
Chair of Washington State Joint Legislative
Committee on Un-American Activities
Published in 1997



Copeland, Thomas L.
11th District State Representative;
Speaker Pro Tempore
Published in 2007



Dolliver, James M.
Supreme Court Chief Justice;
Governor Dan Evans' Chief of Staff
Published in 1999



Eldridge, Don
40th District State Representative;
Speaker of the House;
Liquor Control Board member
Published in 2005



Gissberg, William
39th District State Senator
Published in 1996



Goldsworthy, Robert
9th District State Representative
Published in 1999



Greive, R.R. "Bob"
34th District State Senator;
King County Councilmember
Published in 2001



Hallauer, Wilbur G.
1st District State Representative/Senator;
Director of Department of Ecology
Published in 2001



Hayner, Jeannette
16th District State Representative/Senator;
Majority/Minority Leader
Published in 2007



Hodde, Charlie
2nd District State Representative;
Speaker of the House;
Director of Department of Revenue;
Director of General Administration
Published in 1986 and 1997



Huntley, Elmer
9th District State Representative/Senator;
Utilities and Transportation Commissioner
Published in 1996



Mardesich, August
38th District State Representative/Senator;
Majority Leader
Published in 2000



Moore, Ray
36th District State Senator
Published in 1999



Pritchard, Joel
36th District State Representative/Senator;
U.S. Representative;
Lieutenant Governor;
Published in 2000



Smith, Sam
37th District State Representative;
Seattle City Councilmember
Published in 2000

Legislative Online Exhibits

Turning Points in Legislative History
Explore this timeline listed by historical era.

Shifting Boundaries
Discover the history of redistricting in Washington State.

Sid Snyder's Capitol Stories
Tour the Legislative Building with former Senator Sid Snyder.