This Day in History: 2017-10-31
November 5, 1996 – “Gary Locke Elected to Washington State Governorship”
Gary Locke became the first Asian American elected governor of a mainland state when he won the governorship by a wide margin. Locke’s success in raising the state’s educational standards and balancing its budget led to a landslide victory for a second term in 2000. He decided not to run for a third term because he wanted to spend more time with his two young children, but was chosen to deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address in 2004.