Mike Lowry

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Michael Edward "Mike" Lowry (born March 8, 1939) served as the twentieth governor of the U.S. state of Washington from 1993 to 1997. Lowry is a Democrat.

Lowry was born and raised in St. John, Washington, and graduated from Washington State University in 1962. He had a brief career working for the Washington State Senate and as a lobbyist for Group Health Cooperative before being elected to the King County Council in 1975. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978, where he served until 1989. He twice ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate; once in 1983 to replace Democrat Scoop Jackson, and once in 1988 against former Senator Slade Gorton, a Republican.

An unabashed liberal, Lowry was elected governor in 1992 and served for a single term. He chose not to run for re-election to a second term due to a sexual harassment scandal in which his deputy press secretary accused him of making inappropriate remarks and fondling her. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands in 2000. More recently he has been active in building affordable housing for Washington's migrant farm workers. Template:US-politician-stub


Preceded by:
Booth Gardner
Governors of Washington
1993 – 1997
Succeeded by:
Gary Locke

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