About the Commission

Every 10 years, the bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission is established for the purpose of redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. Four commissioners are appointed by the Legislature. The Commissioners appoint a fifth, non-voting, non-partisan chairperson. During the Commission’s tenure, members typically meet every second Tuesday of the month in Olympia. 

When redistricting is complete—no later than June 2012—the Commission will close its doors. In 2021, a new commission will be appointed to ensure that Washington residents are fairly represented in Congress and the state Legislature.

Your Commissioners

Lura Powell, Ph.D., Non-voting Chair

Lura lives in Richland. She chairs the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund. She previously served as President and CEO of Advanced Imaging Technologies, Inc.; Senior Vice President of Battelle; Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Director of the Advanced Technology Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She earned a doctoral degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland and is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Slade Gorton, Senate Republican appointee to the Commission

Slade lives in Clyde Hill. He is counsel for K&L Gates LLP and has served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, the 9/11 Commission, the BP Independent Safety Review Panel, the National War Powers Commission, and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project. Previously he served in the Washington State House of Representatives (1959 to 1969; Majority Leader 1967 to 1969); Washington State Attorney General (1968 to 1981); United States Senate (1981 to 1987, and 1988 to 2000).

Tim Ceis, Senate Democratic appointee to the Commission

Tim lives in Seattle where he is a partner at Ceis, Bayne East Strategic. Previous to founding this company, he served as Deputy Mayor for the City of Seattle; Chief of Staff to King County Executive Ron Sims; Director of the King Count Endangered Species Act Policy Office; Executive Policy Coordinator for Governor Gary Locke; and Deputy Director of Budget and Strategic Planning for King County Executive Gary Locke. Tim’s focus has been on community development, environmental stewardship and public safety.

Dean Foster, House Democratic appointee to the Commission

He attended Western Washington University and graduated from the University of Washington.  During high school and college, Dean worked for the Washington State Senate, participating in redistricting. Following college, he joined the U.S. Air Force and achieved the rank of Captain. He later served as Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives (1973 to 1984); Co-Chief Clerk (1979 to 1981 and 1999); and Chief of Staff for Gov. Booth Gardner for two years beginning in 1984 and continued to work with Governor Gardner until he left office in 1993. After his retirement, Dean served on the Shoreline Hearings Board and was appointed to the 2001 Redistricting Commission. He was raised in Carnation, Washington and presently lives in Olympia with his wife Sharon.

Tom Huff, House Republican appointee to the Commission

Tom lives in Gig Harbor. He is active in many civic and business organizations statewide and is the founding chair of the Washington Retail Association. He previously worked until retirement as an executive for Sears, Roebuck and Company. He also served in the Washington State House of Representatives (1995 to 2000), where he chaired the Appropriations Committee. He also chaired the Board of St. Martin’s University, in Lacey, for several years. Tom is a graduate of Sumner High School and the University of Puget Sound.