JUDGE MARY KAY BECKER grew up on the Olympic coast at Kalaloch and settled in Whatcom County in 1969. She has been a judge on the Court of Appeals since 1994.
Judge Becker's undergraduate education was at Stanford University where she received a B.A. in
English in 1966. Later she was a VISTA volunteer in Pittsburgh.
Judge Becker obtained her law degree from the University of Washington in 1982, while serving in
the Legislature. She practiced law in Bellingham initially in a three-person firm, and after 1986 with the firm of Brett & Daugert. Her practice provided considerable experience with personal injury litigation and insurance.
Judge Becker's long history of active involvement in public affairs includes authorship of "Superspill," a 1974 novel describing-five years before the Valdez oil spill-a scenario of a Valdez-type spill in Puget Sound. During eight years as a state legislator (1975-1983), she took a leadership role in sentencing reform and other issues affecting the courts, as well as in environmental affairs. She was once a member of the Whatcom County Council; and was, in 1991, a member of Washington's first constitutional redistricting commission. She was a trustee at Western Washington University for five years.
Judge Becker and her husband live in Bellingham.