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Historical List of Commissioners

The Port District Act, approved in March of 1911, authorized the formation of public ports in Washington State. This gave citizens the opportunity to take back ownership of their waterfront, including shipping and trade operations. Public ports remain accountable to voters, through their elected Commissioners, one constant in an ever-changing landscape. In 1911, the first three Port of Seattle Commissioners were elected. In 1960, by a vote of the people the number of Commissioners increased to five. Today, five Commissioners serve four-year terms and establish Port policy.
 

Port of Seattle Commissioners and Years of Service

The First Decade
H.M. Chittenden 1912 – 1915
C.E. Remsberg 1912 – 1919
Robert Bridges 1912 – 1919
Dr. Carl A. Ewald 1915 – 1919
T.S. Lippy 1918 – 1921
 
1920s
W.D. Lincoln 1919 – 1932
Dr. W.T. Christensen 1919 – 1922
George B. Lamping 1921 – 1933
George F. Cotterill 1922 – 1934
 
1930s
Smith M. Wilson 1932 – 1942
Horace P. Chapman 1932 – 1947
J.A. Earley 1934 – 1952
 
1940s
E.H. Savage 1942 – 1958
A.B. Terry 1947 – 1948
Gordon Rowe 1949 – 1954
 
1950s
C.H. Carlander 1951 – 1962
M.J. Weber 1954 – 1960
Capt. Tom McManus 1958 – 1964
 
1960s
John M. Haydon 1960 – 1969
Gordon Newell 1960 – 1963
Frank R. Kitchell 1961 – 1973
Miner H. Baker 1963 – 1969
Robert W. Norquist 1963 – 1969
Merle D. Adlum 1964 – 1983
J. Knox Woodruff 1969 – 1973
Fenton Radford 1969 – 1970
 
1970s
Paul S. Friedlander 1970 – 1983
Henry L. Kotkins 1970 – 1983
Jack S. Block 1974 – 2001
Henry T. Simonson 1974 – 1985
 
1980s
Jim Wright 1984 – 1989
Ivar Haglund 1984 – 1985
Henry M. Aronson 1985 – 1989
Patricia Davis 1986 – 2009
Paige Miller 1988 – 2005
 
1990s
Gary Grant 1990 – 1999
Paul Schell 1990 – 1997
Clare Nordquist 1998 – 2003
 
The New Millennium
Bob Edwards 2000 – 2007
Lawrence T. Molloy 2002 – 2005
Alec Fisken 2004 – 2007
Lloyd Hara 2006 – 2009
Gael Tarleton 2008 – 2013
Rob Holland 2010 – 2013
John Creighton 2005 –
Bill Bryant 2008 –
Tom Albro 2010 –
Courtney Gregoire 2013 --
Stephanie Bowman 2013 --