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Margaret Hurley
Best known forState Senator

  EducationHoly Names Normal School, teaching certificate, B.A. Eastern Washington College of Education, post graduate work.
  MarriagesLeonard A. Peterson "Pete" 1991,
Joseph Hurley , Died in 1968. 4 children.


  • Teacher.
  • State Representative. Democrat. 3rd District (Spokane County), Washington. 1953 - 1979. 26 year(s). In 1977 and 1979 chair of Parks and Recreation. Assistant floor leader for the Dissident Democrats, 1963. Minority Caucus Chair, 1971.
  • State Senator. Democrat, Washington. 1979 - 1985. 6 year(s).
  • Woman of the Year, Spokane County Business and Professional Women (1968).
Affiliations:Eastern Washington University Foundation,
National Order of Women Legislators,
Notes:Interests included: enviromental issues, Washington State Parks, not driving on ocean beaches, welfare education, anti-abortion, regulating charities, education and taxation.


Duncan, Don, “The Coalition, Two of the Principals,” The Seattle Times, January 27, 1963. Fox, Clayton, “The Wrath of the Irish Descends on Highways,” The Daily Olympian, February 11, 1971. “Rep. Hurley Backs Off,” Seattle Times, January 27, 1973. Rinearson, Peter, “The Odd Couple, Representatives Margaret Hurley and Shirley Winsley: If the vote is 50-48 instead of 49-49, chances are that one or the other of them has voted with the opposition.” The Seattle Times, April 5, 1979. Bonino, Rick, “Hurley Easily Beats Link,” The Spokesman-Review, November 7, 1979. “Senator to Fight N-Project,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 1, 1980. Parker, Laura, “Hurley Holds Yachtsman’s Nomination in Detention,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 25, 1981. Moody, Dick, “Hurley to retire from Legislature,” The Spokesman-Review, June 28, 1984. Layton, Mike, “Good old boys can relax now, Maggie’s leaving,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 3, 1984. Margaret Hurley: An Oral History, interviewed by Laurie Mercier, Washington State Oral History Program, Office of the Secretary of State, 1995 (Available at the Washington State Library)