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Gov Inslee announces appointment of Tanya Thorp to King County Superior Court

April 2, 2014


OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing Tanya Thorp to King County Superior Court.

Thorp has worked for 12 years for the Attorney General of Washington as an Assistant Attorney General. She worked for nearly a decade in the Social & Health Services Termination Unit, working on difficult family law and parental rights cases. As an AAG she has also handled several high-profile cases in the Labor & Industries Division, including defending the State’s citation against Tesoro Anacortes Refinery after the 2010 refinery explosion that killed seven workers.

Thorp is a member of the Loren Miller Bar Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member-at-Large. During the judicial evaluation process she was rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Latina/o Bar Association and Loren Miller, “Well Qualified” by the King County Bar Association, QLaw, and the Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee, and “Highly Qualified” by Washington Women Lawyers.

“Tanya’s experience both in the courtroom and working with families will be an excellent asset on the bench,” said Inslee. “She is highly regarded among her colleagues and her reputation as a competent and effective legal professional is well known. I look forward to her public service to the people of King County for years to come.”

“Tanya is a well-respected and highly regarded litigator,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “She will bring a wealth of experience and perspective to the King County bench. Our loss is certainly King County Superior Court’s gain.”

Thorp is replacing Judge Joan DuBuque who is retiring and has served with distinction as a Superior Court Judge for 30 years.

Media Contact 

Jaime Smith
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office