Judge Mary Kay BeckerMary Kay Becker was born in Aberdeen, Washington, and grew up at her family’s ocean resort at Kalaloch. She is a graduate of Lake Quinault High School, Stanford University, and the University of Washington School of Law.
She has been a resident of Bellingham since 1969, and was first introduced to the practice of law there as a paralegal for Northwest Washington Legal Services. In 1973 she co-authored "Superspill", a fictional account of a major oil spill on Puget Sound. The people of the 42nd Legislative District elected her to four terms in the Washington Legislature, from 1975 to 1983. As a member of the state House of Representatives she became particularly involved with legislation having to do with juvenile and adult sentencing, agriculture, environmental affairs, and budgeting for social services and institutions.
After obtaining a law degree in 1982, she practiced law privately, primarily in civil litigation. She has also served as an elected member of the Whatcom County Council; was a member of Washington’s first constitutional redistricting commission; and has chaired Western Washington University’s Board of Trustees.
Judge Becker has served on the Court of Appeals since 1994, including two years as Chief Judge of Division One and a recent term as Presiding Chief Judge of the entire court.
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