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Barbara Madsen


Washington Supreme Court

Position Five

Barbara Madsen

Legal/Judicial Experience: Justice, Supreme Court (1992-present); Chief Justice, (2009-present); Judge, Seattle Municipal Court (1988-1992); Presiding Judge (1990-1992); Commissioner, Seattle Municipal Court (1986-1988). Special Prosecutor, Seattle City Attorney (1981-1986); Attorney, Snohomish Public Defender (1979-1981); Attorney, Associated Counsel for the Accused (1977-1979); Intern, Spokane County Legal Services (1975-1976); University Legal Assistance (1976-1977).

Other Professional Experience: Production staff, Northwest Catholic Newspaper.

Education: B.A. U.W.; J.D. Gonzaga..

Community Service: Barbara and Don raised four children in Pierce County. She has volunteered with Judges in the Classroom, U.S. Navy Sea Cadets, Tacoma Rescue Mission, and YMCA Youth in Government.

Statement: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen has the experience, leadership, and courage necessary to protect the liberties guaranteed all citizens. Whether it's school funding or a neighborhood dispute, Barbara believes everyone is equal under the law.

Balanced Experience: A 1977 Gonzaga Law School graduate, Barbara has practiced in Eastern and Western Washington and has served as both a defense attorney and prosecutor. To help protect our most vulnerable, as Special Prosecutor she developed Seattle's Family Violence Project child abuse unit. A working mother and proud grandmother, Barbara has a balanced, common sense perspective on issues profoundly affecting people's lives.

Proven Leadership: After joining the Supreme Court, Barbara helped establish the Access to Justice Board and Commissions on Minority and Justice, Gender and Justice, Interpreter Services, and Children in Foster Care. Her endorsements include Democrats, Republicans, business, labor, and community groups--proof of her commitment to individual rights and holding the judicial system accountable to all.

Courage: We need the strong, honest, and compassionate voice of Chief Justice Madsen requiring the state meet its paramount duty to educate our children, leading access to justice initiatives, and breaking down barriers to re-entry after incarceration. She will protect our most precious liberties.

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Opponent: Greg Zempel
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
Well Qualified Not Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

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Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-Cities Herald  
Yakima Herald  


Media stories:

    October 26, 2016
Spokesman Review   Big money fuels contentious Washington Supreme Court races
    October 6, 2016
Pacific Northwest
  Ballot box justice
    August 28, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   State’s chief justice won’t contest moving on to general election with opponent
    August 16, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices decry tactics
    August 11, 2016
Peninsula Daily News   State Supreme Court justices to visit Jefferson County on Friday
    August 6, 2016
Kitsap Sun   Supreme Court candidates face off in Kitsap
    August 4, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   State’s chief justice unsure she still has an opponent
    August 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   [Editorial] Calling foul on Supreme contributions
Seattle Times   Chief Justice Madsen to face Kittitas prosecutor in general
Seattle P-I   Wipeout losses on far left, far right; big win for Justice Madsen
    August 1, 2016
KPLU   Billionaire, Former Senate Majority Leader Aim To Oust Washington Chief Justice | MP3 Audio:
Walla Walla
  Why are state Supreme Court judges elected?
    July 28, 2016
The Olympian   Charter-school backers spending $116,000 to try to unseat state Supreme Court justice
    June 27, 2016
NBC Right Now   Washington Supreme Court justices stop in Yakima
    June 3, 2016
Tacoma News Tribune   Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races
    May 27, 2016
Seattle Times   [Editorial] Celebrate competitive state Supreme Court races
    May 19, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Supreme Court challengers appear at Republican state convention
    May 18, 2016
Seattle P.I.   Chief Justice Madsen is challenged by Kittitas County prosecutor

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