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  • DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Washington

    On January 26, 1700, a large earthquake 60 to 70 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest caused a tsunami roughly 33 feet high to engulf the Washington coastline. Ten hours later, the tsunami hit the main island of Japan with 6-to-10 foot swells.

    In 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman established a mission at Waiilatpu on the Walla Walla River to bring Christianity to the Cayuse Indians. When an increasing number of colonists migrated to the area and an epidemic of measles spared the lives of white children but killed almost all Cayuse offspring, Chief Tiloukaikt and several members of his tribe became infuriated, and, on November 29, 1847, killed the Whitmans along with 12 other settlers. The Whitman Massacre, as it became known, resulted in the Cayuse War and, ultimately, the dissolution of the Cayuse tribe.

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    Seattle’s Great Fire, which destroyed 64 acres and many businesses, began on June 6, 1889, after a pot of glue from a cabinet shop burst into flames.

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    In an attempt at honoring her father—a Civil War veteran who had raised six children by himself after his wife died in childbirth—Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd garnered support for the first statewide Father’s Day celebration on June 19, 1910. Afterward, Dodd continued to press for a national observance; although the idea was backed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, Father’s Day did not become a federal holiday until 1972.

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    Boeing’s Everett factory, where twin-aisle airplanes are manufactured, is the world’s largest building by volume, covering 98.3 acres and encompassing 472 million cubic feet of space. More than 100,000 people tour the plant each year.

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    Washington is the nation’s leading producer of apples, pears, sweet cherries, red raspberries and hops. In 2010, the state’s apple harvest generated $1.44 billion.

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    Eight national parks and 68 state parks border Puget Sound, which spans 2,500 miles of shoreline and helps to generate $20 billion of economic activity for the state of Washington.

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    The Seattle Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair, is an iconic part of the city’s skyline and features a rotating restaurant at the top.

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    State of Washington Quick Facts
    • Current Population:7,170,351
    • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
    • Election Day Voter Registration: No
    • Early Voting: Yes
    • Absentee Voting: Yes
    • Voter ID: Yes
    • Electoral Colleges: 12
    • Congressional Districts: 10
    • Date of Statehood: November 11, 1889
    • Size: 71,298 square miles
    • Nickname(s): Evergreen State
    • Tree: Western Hemlock
    • Flower: Coast Rhododendron
    • Bird: Willow Goldfinch

    Washington State Government

    Washington Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.

    All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are estab-lished to protect and maintain individual rights.

    The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.

    The Executive Branch
    US Capitol, west side

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor.

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney gen-eral, superintendent of public instruction, and a commis-sioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.

    Washington Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • The Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    US Capitol, west side

    Legislative Power

    The legislative authority of the state of Washing-ton shall be vested in the legislature, consisting of a senate and house of representatives, which shall be called the legis-lature of the state of Washington, but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose bills, laws, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislature, and also reserve power, at their own option, to approve or reject at the polls any act, item, section, or part of any bill, act, or law passed by the legislature.

    The house of representatives shall be com-posed of not less than sixty-three nor more than ninety-nine members.

    The number of senators shall not be more than one-half nor less than one-third of the number of members of the house of representatives

    Judicial Branch
    The United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. Photograph by Jeff Kubina, 2006. Public domain.

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a supreme court, superior courts, justices of the peace, and such inferior courts as the legislature may provide

    The supreme court shall consist of five judges, a majority of whom shall be necessary to form a quorum, and pronounce a decision.

    Washington Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(98)
    (50)(48)
    State Senators(49)
    (25)(24)
    US Representatives(10)
    (6)(4)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Washington Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor is responsible for ensuring that the laws of the state are faithfully executed (§ 5) and is responsible for the safety of the state, as he or she serves as commander-in-chief of the Washington militia.

    Qualifications

    No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office. The compensation for state officers shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Election

    Washington elects governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years.

    Term of Office

    Who shall hold his office for a term of four years, and until his successor is elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    has no term limit.

    Salary

    $171,898

    Qualification age

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant governor shall be presiding officer of the state senate, and shall discharge such other duties as may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office. The compensation for state officers shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Election

    Washington elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands, shall hold their offices for four years respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no term limit.

    Salary

    $100,880

    Qualification age

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general shall be the legal adviser of the state officers, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law

    Qualifications

    No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office. The compensation for state officers shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Election

    In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands, shall hold their offices for four years respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no term limit.

    Salary

    $156,270

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary of state shall keep a record of the official acts of the legislature, and executive depart-ment of the state, and shall, when required, lay the same, and all matters relative thereto, before either branch of the legis-lature, and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned him by law.

    Qualifications

    No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office. The compensation for state officers shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Election

    In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands, shall hold their offices for four years respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $120,459

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer shall perform such duties as shall be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office. The compensation for state officers shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Election

    In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands, shall hold their offices for four years respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $116,950

    Qualification age

    The Auditor
    Authority

    The auditor shall be auditor of public accounts, and shall have such powers and perform such duties in con-nection therewith as may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office. The compensation for state officers shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Election

    n Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands, shall hold their offices for four years respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit

    Salary

    $120,459

    Qualification age

    Washington State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the legislature who,shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen.

    Election

    Elected from the same legislative districts as are members of the Senates

    Term of Office

    Representatives serve a two-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $45,474/year

    Qualification age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate, but only votes in the event of a tie. In the absence of the Lieutenant Governor, the President pro tempore served as presiding officer. The President pro tempore is elected by the majority party caucus, but must then be confirmed by the entire Senate.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen.

    Election

    Senators are elected from the same legislative districts as are members of the Washington House of Representatives

    Term of Office

    They shall be elected for the term of four years, one-half of their number retiring every two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    The Washington state senators have no term limits.

    Salary

    $45,474/year

    Qualification age

    Washington State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    "The Judiciary." It establishes the powers, rights and obligations of the state's courts and judges

    Qualifications

    Washington Supreme Court candidates must be licensed to practice law in the state, justices must retire from service at the end of the calendar year during which they turn 75

    Election

    The judges of the supreme court shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at large at the general state election at the times and places at which state officers are elected, unless some other time be provided by the legislature

    Term of Office

    After the first election the terms of judges elected shall be six years from and after the second Monday in January next succeeding their election

    Limit on Tenure

    A judge of the supreme court or the superior court shall retire from judi-cial office at the end of the calendar year in which he attains the age of seventy-five years.

    Chief salary

    $168,000

    Associates salary

    $168,000

    Qualification age

    The Court of Appeals
    Authority

    The court is a non-discretionary appellate court. This means that it must accept, review and issue a written decision for all appeals filed with it, unlike the Washington State Supreme Court, which can reject an appeal.

    Qualifications

    To serve as an appellate judge, judges must have practiced law in the state of Washington for at least five years and must have been a resident of the district they represent for at least one year

    Election

    Each judge is elected by a district's voters in nonpartisan elections to six-year terms

    Term of Office

    elections to six-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $159,000

    Qualification age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    The superior court shall have original jurisdiction in all cases at law which involve the title or possession of real property, or the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, toll, or municipal fine, and in all other cases in which the demand or the value of the property in con-troversy amounts to three thousand dollars or as otherwise determined by law

    Qualifications

    Election

    There shall be in each of the organized counties of this state a superior court for which at least one judge shall be elected by the qualified electors of the county at the general state election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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