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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Courtney Gregoire appointed as new Port of Seattle commissioner

Microsoft lawyer Courtney Gregoire, daughter of the former governor of Washington, was chosen Tuesday as the newest Seattle port commissioner. Gregoire will fill the slot vacated by Gael Tarleton, who was elected to the state House of Representatives.

Gregoire was picked from a list of six finalists, and is currently the sole woman on the commission.

Gregoire, who holds a Harvard law degree, worked as deputy chief of staff to ex-Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and was a senior aide to Senator Maria Cantwell. 

“Courtney brings unparalleled accomplishments and relationships that will advance the Port’s mission to create family-wage jobs by growing trade,” said Commission President Tom Albro.

The port commission will deal with important issues this year that will impact the future of the Port of Seattle, including competition from both West and East Coast ports for business after the opening of the expanded Panama Canal. Canada is also investing in Seattle’s port rivals in British Columbia, in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

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