Serving his third term as King County Executive, Dow Constantine leads one of the largest regional governments in the United States. His priority is that every person be able to thrive, be economically secure and contribute to the life of our community.
He is focused on meeting two of the greatest generational challenges of our time: building equity and opportunity and confronting climate change. Guiding every initiative is the goal of becoming the most forward-looking, best-run government in the nation.
A Seattle native and fourth-generation Washingtonian, Dow graduated from West Seattle High School and the University of Washington (1985), where he also earned post-graduate degrees in law (1989) and urban planning (1992).
After graduation, Dow practiced law and worked on a number of community projects in parks and open space, the arts, human services and housing.
Elected to the Washington State House of Representatives from the 34th District in 1996 and again in 1998, Dow was then elected to the State Senate in 2000. He served as co-chair of the House Judiciary Committee and vice-chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
Dow is an avid skier and music enthusiast and can invariably be found on autumn Saturdays with his family at Husky Stadium, where his grandfather first took the field nearly a century ago.
Dow and Shirley are raising their young daughter in the same West Seattle neighborhood where he grew up.