On Nov. 15, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed King County Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez, 48, to serve as one of nine justices on the Washington State Supreme Court. He will replace Gerry Alexander, who is retiring this year.
Gonzalez was appointed to Superior Court by former Gov. Gary Locke in March 2002. Gonzalez was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He is the second Latino judge to serve on the state’s superior court. (Charles Z. Smith was the first.)
Before his appointment, Gonzalez served as assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle from 1997 to 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College in California and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Gonzalez speaks Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish. (end)