Governor Locke Names Superior Court Judge Bridge as His First Appointment to State Supreme Court

“Making his first appointment to the state Supreme Court, Governor Gary Locke recently appointed King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Bobbe J. Bridge to the Washington Supreme Court.Locke said Judge Bridge will bring a depth of experience to the bench and will serve the people of Washington with integrity and compassion.“I have known Bobbe Bridge for many years. Her unquestionable intellectual capacity and her incredible leadership skills will be a welcome addition to our Supreme Court,” Locke said. “She is dedicated to serving the public in an honest, caring and responsible manner. Judge Bridge is a well-rounded person with the legal skills, intellect, integrity, and real-life experience necessary to make a top-notch Supreme Court justice.”State Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Guy offered similar comments.“The governor, as a lawyer, has recognized the importance of this appointment and has provided the court with someone who will give us not only judicial expertise, but a proven leader,” Guy said.Bridge said she will work to blend the practice of law and realities of life.“I will work hard to apply my skills and experience in the practice of law on the trial court and in life,” Bridge said. “ I will bring what I trust will be not only the intellectual wherewithal to do this important work for the citizens of Washington, but common sense and an appreciation for the interrelationships among the branches of government to decision-making.” A Seattle native, Bridge graduated from the University of Washington Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in political science. She earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and returned to the University of Washington for her law degree. After 14 years of private practice, Bridge worked to establish a reputation as an outstanding lawyer. Governor Booth Gardner appointed her to the King County Superior Court in 1990, where she continued to distinguish herself among the legal community. Bridge quickly earned a reputation for her work in juvenile court, where she served as chief judge for several years, addressing the concerns of youth and the court system. She created the Unified Family Court in King County, an initiative that is being copied across the state and the nation.Bridge was elected presiding judge of the King County Superior Court in 1998 by her fellow judges, and was named president of the Superior Court Judges Association.Bridge fills a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, created by the resignation of Justice Barbara Durham September 30. Bridge will fill Durham’s six-year term, which expires next summer. She will have to run in November 2000 to fill the remainder of the term, and then face election for a new term in 2002.Salaries for Supreme Court justices currently are set at $120,000 annually.”