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Seattle City Council Members, 1869-Present
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The City Council is the legislative authority for the City and makes all of its laws, subject to the initiative and referendum powers of the people as established by City Charter. In addition, the City Council has the authority to amend and approve the City's budget. Any candidate for City Council must be a citizen of the United States, a qualified elector of the State of Washington, and a registered voter of the City of Seattle at the time of filing his/her declaration of candidacy.

Seattle was first incorporated as a town by an act of the Territorial Legislature on January 14, 1865. The act was repealed January 18, 1867, after most of the town's leading citizens petitioned for its dissolution. During its first tenure as an incorporated entity, Seattle was governed by a Board of Trustees. Seattle was again incorporated, this time as a City, on December 2, 1869.

The following list includes all of Seattle's City Council Members in chronological order by term. An alphabetical list is also available.


1869-1882 The Common Council under the First City Charter
1884-1890 The Ward System is Established
1890-1896 First Home Rule Charter and the Bicameral City Council
1896-1910 The 1896 Charter and Return to a Unicameral City Council
1910-1946 End of the Ward System and Start of Non-Partisan Elections
1946-present A New Charter and Creation of Four-Year Terms



1869-1882
The Common Council under the First City Charter

The City Charter of 1869 provided for a Common Council, to consist of seven members elected at large to terms of one year.

1869-1870
S.G. Calhoun
John Collins
Frank Matthias
L.V. Wyckoff
Amos Brown
Corliss P. Stone
A.S. Pinkham


1870-1871
Corliss P. Stone
Amos Brown
Frank Matthias
John T. Jordan
D.N. Hyde
O.C. Shorey
Josiah Settle


1871-1872
Corliss P. Stone
Amos Brown
Frank Matthias
C.W. Moore
L.B. Andrews
S.F. Coombs
S.P. Andrews


1872-1873
L.B. Andrews
S.F. Coombs
John T. Jordan
Frank Matthias
Moses R. Maddocks
J.M. Lyon
Bailey Gatzert


1873-1874
John Leary
Isaiah Waddell
Robert Abrams
James McKinley
J.S. Anderson
William Meydenbauer
Stuart Crichton


1874-1875
Moses R. Maddocks
John Collins
Charles McDonald
B.F. Briggs
J.C. Kellogg
T.D. Hinckley
E.G. Farnham


1875-1876
Isaiah Waddell
John Leary
Josiah Settle
Benjamin Murphy
George W. Hall
J.R. Robbins
J.M. Hall


1876-1877
George W. Hall
John Leary
C.W. Moore
Thomas Clancy
W.W. Barker
Samuel Kenney
William N. Bell


1877-1878
Samuel Kenney
George W. Hall
Benjamin Murphy
Bailey Gatzert
Frank Matthias
Arthur A. Denny
A.W. Piper


1878-1879
Arthur A. Denny
Thomas Clancy
Benjamin Murphy
Robert Abrams
Amasa S. Miller
S. Baxter
Andrew Chilberg


1879-1880
Amasa S. Miller
Thomas Clancy
H.B. Bagley
W.C. Hawthorne
A.H. King
John Nation
George W. Stetson


1880-1881
John Nation
George W. Stetson
Charles McDonald
John Collins
M. Densmore
William A. Jennings
U.M. Rasin


1881-1882
Charles McDonald
Thomas Clancy
M. Densmore
William A. Jennings
John Collins
John Keenen
Moses Keeser


1882-1883
Charles McDonald
U.M. Rasin
John Collins
Charles F. Clancy
Fred Gash
G.L. Manning
O.F. Casper


1884-1890
Ward System Established

The City Charter was amended at the election of November 25, 1883, dividing the City into three wards and providing that the Common Council be increased to nine members, elected for two-year terms. At the election, Northrup and Keenan were added to the Council until the next election in 1884. At the 1884 election, one member was elected from each of the City's three wards for one year, and two others from each ward were elected for two-year terms. Thereafter, all members were elected to two-year terms.

1883-1884
Charles McDonald
Thomas Clancy
U.M. Rasin
John Keenan
B.F. Day
George W. Harris
Otto Ranke
F.W. Wusthoff
B.L. Northrup


1884-1885
Franklin Matthias
W.V. Rinehart
B.F. Day
B.L. Northrup
W.M. Latimer
Walter Graham
Charles F. Clancy
S.D. Crockett
William A. Harrington
Henry L. Yesler
Alfred Snyder
E.F. Sox
George F. Frye

  • Matthias resigned September 5, 1884; Rinehart was appointed on the same day to fill the vacancy.
  • Day resigned September 5, 1884; Northrup was appointed to fill the vacancy.
  • Latimer's seat was declared vacant May 15, 1885 (the record is not clear as to why); Graham was appointed the same day to fill the vacancy.
  • Clancy resigned June 3, 1885; Crockett was appointed on the same day to fill the vacancy.

1885-1886
Charles McDonald
George W. Hall
John Keenan
William A. Harrington
G.W. Young
Robert H. Calligan
J.J. Post
Jacob Furth
T.W. Lake


The City Charter was amended in February 1886 to decrease the size of the City Council to eight members, elected for two-year terms, and to increase the number of wards to four. At the general election of 1886, each of the City's four wards elected two Council members, one for a one-year term and the other for a two-year term. Thereafter, all members were to be elected for two-year terms.

1886-1887
Jacob Furth
T.W. Lake
T.D. Hinckley
J.M. Frink
Charles F. Reitze
R. Russell
C.W. Coulter
Joseph Green


1887-1888
Joseph Green
J.M. Frink
Charles F. Reitze
R. Russell
Jacob Furth
T.W. Lake
Robert Moran
Uriah R. Niesz


1888-1889
Charles F. Reitze
David E. Durie
F.J. Burns
Thomas E. Jones
J.F. McDonald
Uriah R. Niesz
Joseph Green
Terrence O'Brien

  • McDonald resigned in March 1889. O'Brien was elected on March 15 to take his place.

1889-1890
Harry White
John N. Wallingford
Frank A. Twichell
Uriah R. Niesz
George W. Hall
T.E. Jones
David E. Durie
F.J. Burns
Henry F. Phillips

  • Burns resigned on September 13, 1889 and Phillips was elected on September 20 to replace him.

1890-1891
John N. Wallingford
Henry F. Phillips
George W. Hall
David E. Durie
T.E. Jones
Donald A. McKenzie
Frank A. Twichell
Harry White
Alonzo Hull


1890-1896
First Home Rule Charter and the Bicameral Council

A new Freeholders Charter was adopted in 1890 which increased the number of wards to eight and created a bicameral City Council, composed of a Board of Aldermen and a House of Delegates. The nine-member Board of Aldermen was elected at large to four-year terms. The House of Delegates was composed of two members elected from each of the City's eight wards. At the first election after adoption of the amendment, eight members of the House of Delegates and all members of the Board of Aldermen were elected. At the 1892 General Election, the remaining eight members of the House were elected.

1890-1892
House of Delegates (elected by ward)

M.W. Willis
Charles Hart
Frank M. Muldoon
R. Morford
R.W. Jones
S.M. Shipley
George Kittinger
A.A. Barton
Frank Hanford
G.V.P. Lansing
W.H.T. Barnes
Adolph Krug
Charles Cowden
W.H. Davis
G.W. Furry
Clarence B. Bagley

1890-1892
Board of Aldermen (elected at large)

George W. Hall (President)
David T. Denny
Amasa S. Miller (President)
John P. Sweeney
Moses Korn
F.N. Wilcox
W.A. Snyder
W.H. Bogardus
F.W. Wald
Henry C. Ingram
Frank A. Pontius
F.W.D. Holbrook

  • Mayor Harry White resigned November 30, 1891 because of poor health and Hall was elected by the Board and House to fill White's unexpired term. David T. Denny was appointed December 15, 1891 to fill Hall's vacant seat. Amasa Miller was elected president of the Board.
  • Miller and Wald resigned December 15, 1891; Sweeney and Ingraham were elected by the Board to fill the vacancies.

The City Charter was amended in 1892. It increased the number of wards to nine and provided that one member of each house be elected from each of the City's wards.

1892-1894
House of Delegates

Thomas F. Drew
Matthew J. Cook
Timothy Ryan
S.S. Carlisle
Robert H. Calligan
H.E. Shields
J.M. Lyon
J.S. Kloeber (President)
John S. Brace
James E. Crichton
George K. Coryell
A.J. Goddard

  • Coryell resigned May 19, 1892; Goddard was appointed on the same day to fill the vacancy.
  • Ryan resigned January 10, 1893 to become Street Commissioner. He was succeeded by Carlisle who took office on January 13.
  • Calligan resigned in April, 1893; Shields was appointed to the vacancy.

1892-1894
Board of Aldermen

John F. Brewer
Thomas J. Carle
Chauncey A. Cram
Theodore M. Daulton
J. Eugene Jordan
John P. Sweeney (President)
Leander Miller (President)
Henry C. Ingram
John M. Wolfe
George B. Stocks

  • Wolfe resigned December 20, 1892 to become a member of the Board of Public Works. Stocks was appointed on July 19, 1893 to fill the vacancy.

1894-1896
House of Delegates

William Chapman
James Gleason
Franklin Goodhue
F.H. Hurd
J.A. James
Abraham Kistler
F.N. Little
William Voight
James E. Crichton (President)

1894-1896
Board of Aldermen

J.F. Brewer
Alexander Anderson
H.R. Clise
Theodore M. Daulton (President)
J. Eugene Jordan
John P. Sweeney
Leander Miller (President)
H.F. Compton
M.W. Lovejoy


1896-1910
Return to a Unicameral City Council

A new Freeholders Charter was adopted in 1896 which returned the City Council to a single body with 13 members. The nine individuals who were elected to the House of Delegates at the General Election of 1896 served on the new Council (each serving a two-year term) and the top four of the five persons elected at the same election to the Board of Aldermen comprised the balance of the Council. Of the latter four members, the top two vote-getters served four years and the remaining two served two years. The amendment also provided that in the election of 1898, the City Council would be composed of one member elected to a two-year term from each of the City's nine wards and four at-large members elected to four-year terms.

1896-1898
William Chapman
Robert J. Dodds
George N. Gilson
Ezra Herrman
James E. Crichton (President)
J.A. James
F.H. Hurd
William McArdle
Thomas Navin
George Raymond
H.P. Rude
D.G. Rudy
John Taylor

  • Dodds died May 23, 1898. Cartleman was appointed June 6, 1898 to fill the vacancy.

1898-1900
W.V. Rinehart (President)
John Taylor
H.P. Rude
William McArdle
Thomas Navin
Frank M. Muldoon
James E. Crichton
J.A. James
Homer M. Hill
Hiram C. Gill
H.W. Castleman
Leonard Diller
William Crawford
Robert J. Dodds


1900-1902
Scott Benjamin
Jed G. Blake
Alpheus Byers
Thomas Navin
Frank M. Muldoon
James E. Crichton
J.A. James
William H. Murphy
Will H. Parry
W.V. Rinehart
John Taylor
H.P. Rude
W.H. Vincent


1902-1904
Patrick Fitzpatrick
Ellis Morrison
John C. Redward
James E. Crichton
J.A. James
William H. Murphy
Will H. Parry (President)
W.V. Rinehart
John Taylor
H.P. Rude
Hiram C. Gill
Abraham Kistler
F.P. Mullen


1904-1906
Theodore M. Daulton
Scott Benjamin
H.P. Rude
James E. Crichton
Hiram C. Gill (President)
William H. Murphy
Frank P. Mullen
James Conway
James Johnston
Arnold Zbinden
D.W. Bowen
C.H. Burnett, Jr.
Irving T. Cole


The City Charter was amended in 1905 to add two new wards to the City's political boundaries, increasing the size of the City Council to 15 members.

1906-1908
Arnold Zbinden
D.W. Bowen (President)
C.H. Burnett, Jr.
James E. Crichton
Hiram C. Gill
William H. Murphy
Frank P. Mullen
James Conway
Ellis Morrison
Albert G. Keene
Frederick Sawyer
Thomas P. Revelle
R.T. Reynolds
F.H. Hurd
James Kelso
William M. Hines
J.T. Armstrong
Ferdinand Schmitz

  • The Charter was amended in May 1907 to add two new wards to the City, increasing the Council to 17 members. Hines and Armstrong were elected.
  • The Charter was amended in July 1907 to add one new ward to the City, increasing the Council to 18 members. Schmitz was elected.

1908-1910
Albert J. Goddard
William M. Hines (President)
J.T. Armstrong
F.H. Hurd
Frederick Sawyer
Thomas P. Revelle
Hiram C. Gill (President)
William H. Murphy
Frank P. Mullen
James Conway
Arnold Zbinden
Eugene W. Way
H.F. Jackson
J.M. Sparkman
Alexander McKinnon
Alfred E. Parker
W.H. Weaver
Max Wardall


1910-1911
John M. Wolfe
W.H. Weaver
Max Wardall
F.P. Mullen
James Conway
Arnold Zbinden
Eugene W. Way
Frederick Sawyer
Thomas P. Revelle
J.W. Bullock
Joe Schlumpf
James Y.C. Kellogg
E.L. Blaine
J.N. Denny
Volly P. Hart
Henry C. Bohlke


1910-1946
End of the Ward System and Start of Non-Partisan Elections

A 1910 City Charter amendment provided for a City Council of nine members elected at large for three-year overlapping terms. At the general election of March 1911 nine members were elected, three for one-year terms, three for two-year terms, and three for three-year terms. The newly amended Charter also provided for non-partisan elections.

1911-1912
James Y.C. Kellogg
E.L. Blaine
Max Wardall (President)
A.F. Haas
F.S. Steiner
John G. Peirce
Austin E. Griffiths
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
Albert J. Goddard

  • Steiner resigned November 27, 1911 because of poor health. Pierce was appointed to serve until the next election when someone would be elected to fill the unexpired portion of Steiner's term.

1912-1913
Charles Marble
E.L. Blaine
Max Wardall
A.F. Haas
J.G. Peirce
Austin E. Griffiths
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh (President)
A.J. Goddard

  • Kellogg did not run for re-election in 1912. Pierce, who had been appointed to Steiner's seat in 1911, chose to run for Kellogg's open seat and was elected. Marble was elected for the one-year remaining on Steiner's unexpired term.

1913-1914
Max Wardall
A.F. Haas
John G. Peirce
Austin E. Griffiths
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
A.J. Goddard
Charles Marble
C.B. Fitzgerald
Thomas A. Parish
Harry Bruskevith
Ira G. Lundy

  • Parish died in August, 1913. Bruskevith was appointed to fill Parish's vacant seat until the next election, at which time Lundy was elected to fill the remainder of the term.
  • Griffiths resigned in January, 1914. Fitzgerald was appointed to fill the vacancy until the next election, at which he was elected to serve the balance of the unexpired term.

1914-1915
Ira Lundy
A.F. Haas (President)
John G. Peirce
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
A.J. Goddard
Charles Marble
C.B. Fitzgerald
George R. Cooley
C. Allen Dale

  • Pierce resigned April 1, 1914, due to charges against him concerning illegal campaign collections in the mayoralty campaign of J.C. Slater. Cooley was appointed to fill the vacancy until the next election.

1915-1916
C. Allen Dale
Charles Marble
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson (President)
Robert B. Hesketh
Ira Lundy
A.F. Haas
Will H. Hanna
Thomas H. Bolton


1916-1917
A.F. Haas (President)
Will H. Hanna
Thomas H. Bolton
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
C. Allen Dale
William Hickman Moore
Reginald Heber Thomson


1917-1918
William Hickman Moore
Reginald Heber Thomson
A.F. Haas (President)
Will H. Hanna
Thomas H. Bolton
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
W.D. Lane


1918-1919
Thomas H. Bolton (President)
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
W.D. Lane
William Hickman Moore
Reginald Heber Thomson
A.F. Haas
Roland W. Cotterill


1919-1920
Thomas H. Bolton
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
W.D. Lane (President)
William Hickman Moore
Reginald Heber Thomson
A.F. Haas
Roland W. Cotterill
John E. Carroll
A.T. Drake

  • Cotterill died in May, 1919. Carroll was apointed to fill the vacancy until the next election, at which he was elected for the remainder of the term.
  • Fitzgerald resigned August 28, 1919, after Council elected him to complete Mayor Hanson's term. Drake was appointed to fill Fitzgerald's vacant seat until the next election. He subsequently was elected to complete the term.

1920-1921
A.F. Haas (President)
Thomas H. Bolton
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
William Hickman Moore
Reginald Heber Thomson
John E. Carroll
A.T. Drake
Philip Tindall


1921-1922
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh (President)
William Hickman Moore
Reginald Heber Thomson
John E. Carroll
A.T. Drake
Philip Tindall
A. Lou Cohen


1922-1923
C.B. Fitzgerald
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh (President)
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
A. Lou Cohen
Bertha K. Landes
Kathryn Miracle


1923-1924
A.T. Drake
C.B. Fitzgerald (President)
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert B. Hesketh
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
A. Lou Cohen
Bertha K. Landes
Kathryn Miracle

  • Erickson resigned January 21, 1924, to run for Mayor. Drake was appointed to fill the vacancy until the next election.

1924-1925
Robert B. Hesketh
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
Bertha K. Landes (President)
Kathryn Miracle
W.T. Campbell
Ralph D. Nichols
William Hickman Moore

  • Campbell was elected to complete Erickson's term (see 1923-1924).

1925-1926
Robert B. Hesketh
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
Bertha K. Landes (President)
Oliver T. Erickson
W.T. Campbell
Ralph D. Nichols
William Hickman Moore


1926-1927
Robert B. Hesketh
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
Oliver T. Erickson
W.T. Campbell
Ralph D. Nichols
William Hickman Moore (President)
Otto A. Case

  • Landes resigned June 4, 1926, to take office as Mayor. Case was appointed to fill the vacancy until the next election, at which time he was elected to fill the unexpired term.

1927-1928
Robert B. Hesketh
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll (President)
Philip Tindall
Oliver T. Erickson
W.T. Campbell
William Hickman Moore
Otto A. Case
A. Lou Cohen


1928-1929
Robert B. Hesketh (President)
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll (President)
Philip Tindall
Oliver T. Erickson
W.T. Campbell
William Hickman Moore
Otto A. Case
A. Lou Cohen
W.D. Lane

  • Hesketh resigned October 24, 1928. Lane was elected by Council to fill the vacant seat. Carroll was chosen Council president.

1929-1930
William Hickman Moore
Otto A. Case
A. Lou Cohen
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll (President)
Philip Tindall
Oliver T. Erickson
Robert H. Harlin
George W. Hill


1930-1931
Otto A. Case
E.L. Blaine
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
Oliver T. Erickson (President)
Robert H. Harlin
George W. Hill
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto


1931-1932
Otto A. Case
John E. Carroll
Philip Tindall
Robert H. Harlin (President)
George W. Hill
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine
V.C. Webster
Ralph D. Nichols

  • Mayor Edwards was recalled at a special election on July 13, 1931. Harlin was elected by the Council to serve as Mayor. Tindall was elected Council President; and Levine was selected to fill Harlin's unexpired term.

1932-1933
Otto A. Case
John E. Carroll
Robert H. Harlin (President)
James E. Carroll
Frank J. Laube (President)
James Scavotto
David Levine
V.C. Webster
Ralph D. Nichols
Frank F. Fitts
Roy B. Misener

  • Case resigned on January 3, 1933, to take office as State Treasurer. James Carroll was elected by Council to fill the vacancy until the next election, at which time he was elected to fill the unexpired term. Laube was elected Council president on January 20, 1933.

1933-1934
John E. Carroll
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
David Levine
V.C. Webster (President)
Ralph D. Nichols
James E. Carroll
Frank F. Fitts
Roy B. Misener


1934-1935
John E. Carroll
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
David Levine (President)
Frank F. Fitts
Roy B. Misener
Arthur B. Langlie
William A. Gaines
David E. Lockwood
Austin E. Griffiths
James Scavotto

  • Misener resigned on September 17, 1934. Gaines was elected by the Council on October 29 to fill the vacancy until the next election.
  • Fitts resigned March 18, 1935. Langlie was elected to fill the vacancy.

1935-1936
Frederick G. Hamley
Mildred Powell
John E. Carroll
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
Arthur B. Langlie
David E. Lockwood
Austin E. Griffiths
James Scavotto

  • Hamley was elected on March 12, 1935 to serve the remainder of Misener's term (see 1934-1935) and a new three-year term.

1936-1937
Frederick G. Hamley
Mildred Powell
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
Arthur B. Langlie
David E. Lockwood
Austin E. Griffiths (President)
James Scavotto
David Levine


1937-1938
Frederick G. Hamley
Mildred Powell
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
Arthur B. Langlie
James Scavotto (President)
David Levine
Hugh DeLacy
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll

  • Mayor John Dore died on April 18, 1938. Scavotto was appointed to serve as Mayor for nine days until the Special Election on April 27. Langlie was elected Mayor. Carroll was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Langlie's election as Mayor and his subsequent resignation from Council.

1938-1939
Samuel J. Humes
Mildred Powell
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine (President)
Hugh DeLacy
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll


1939-1940
Samuel J. Humes
Mildred Powell
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto (President)
David Levine
Hugh DeLacy
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll


1940-1941
Samuel J. Humes
Mildred Powell (President)
Robert H. Harlin
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Carl Cooper

  • Arthur Langlie resigned as mayor on January 11, 1941, in order to take office as governor. Carroll was elected mayor by the Council until a new mayor could be elected at the March general election. Carroll's council seat was held open until the election, at which time Earl Millikin was elected mayor and Carroll returned to the Council.
  • Harlin resigned on May 5, 1941, to take office as Director of the State Department of Labor and Industries. M.B. (Mike) Mitchell was elected to fill the vacancy.

1941-1942
Samuel J. Humes
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine (President)
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Paul Revelle
Frank McCaffrey

  • Humes died June 26, 1941. Revelle was appointed by the Council on July 17 to fill the vacancy. McCaffrey was subsequently elected at the March general election to fill the remainder of Humes' term.
  • Also at the general election in March 1942, Mitchell was elected for Harlin's unexpired term (see 1940-1941) covering three months. He was also elected for a new three-year term.

1942-1943
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones (President)
Frank McCaffrey


1943-1944
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Frank McCaffrey


1944-1945
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube (President)
James Scavotto
David Levine
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Alfred R. Rochester


1945-1946
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto (President)
David Levine
William L. Norton
John E. Carroll
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Robert H. Harlin (President)
Alfred R. Rochester

  • Carroll resigned on July 16, 1945. Harlin was appointed by council to fill the vacancy and at the next general election was elected to fill the unexpired term.

1946-present
A New Charter and Creation of Four-Year Terms

The City Charter was amended at the General Election of March 1946 to provide that elections would be held biennially in even-numbered years. Terms of Council members were increased to four years and the President of the Council would serve for two years. Terms of office would begin the first regularly scheduled meeting of the Council in June. The amendment further provided that the three Council members elected in 1944 and 1946 would serve an additional year and that the three members elected in 1945 would complete their terms.

1946-1948
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine
William L. Norton
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Robert H. Harlin
Alfred R. Rochester


1948-1950
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
James Scavotto
David Levine
William L. Norton
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Robert H. Harlin
Alfred R. Rochester


1950-1952
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
David Levine (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Robert H. Harlin
Alfred R. Rochester


1952-1954
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
Mildred Powell
Frank J. Laube
David Levine (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones
Robert H. Harlin
Alfred R. Rochester


1954-1956
James Dorm Braman
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
Mildred Powell
Myrtle Edwards
David Levine
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell (President)
Bob Jones
Robert H. Harlin
Alfred R. Rochester

  • Powell resigned May 10, 1955. Edwards was appointed by Council to fill the vacancy until certification of the next regular election.

1956-1958
Paul J. Alexander
Floyd C. Miller
James Dorm Braman
Myrtle Edwards
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
David Levine (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones


1958-1960
Paul J. Alexander
Floyd C. Miller
James Dorm Braman
Myrtle Edwards
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
David Levine (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones


1960-1962
Paul J. Alexander
Floyd C. Miller
James Dorm Braman
Myrtle Edwards
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
David Levine (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Bob Jones


1962-1964
A.L. (Lud) Kramer
Wing Luke
Paul J. Alexander
Floyd C. Miller (President)
James Dorm Braman
Myrtle Edwards
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell


The 1963 State Elections Act (RCW 29.13) mandated that elections for municipal offices be conducted in odd-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Terms of office were to begin on the first day of the next year. The first City election under this new law was held in November 1967 for the term beginning January 1968.

1964-1967
J.D. (Dorm) Braman
Roy Eckman
Wing Luke
Edward Riley
Paul J. Alexander
Floyd C. Miller
Myrtle Edwards
Charles M. Carroll
Clarence F. Massart (President)
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
A.L. (Lud) Kramer
Ted Best

  • Braman resigned March 31, 1964 to become Mayor. His unexpired term was filled by Eckman.
  • Kramer resigned effective December 13, 1964 to assume office as Secretary of State. His unexpired term was filled by Best.
  • Luke was declared lost in an airplane crash near Stevens Pass on May 11, 1965. His unexpired term was filled by Riley on August 9. Luke's body was found in October 1968.

1968-1969
Charles M. Carroll
Floyd C. Miller (President)
Don Wright
Myrtle Edwards (President)
Roy Eckman
M.B. (Mike) Mitchell
Paul J. Alexander
Liem Eng Tuai
Ted Best
Sam Smith
Phyllis Lamphere
Tim Hill

  • J.D. Braman resigned as Mayor on March 23, 1969 to become Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Miller resigned March 24, 1969 to serve as interim Mayor. Wright was appointed to fill out Miller's term. Edwards was elected Council President.
  • Alexander died May 6, 1969. Tuai was appointed to complete his unexpired term.
  • Edwards died August 18, 1969, in a collision with a fire truck. Eckman was appointed to serve out her term.

1970-1971
Jeanette Williams
Wayne D. Larkin
George E. Cooley
Ted Best
Kenneth Rogers
Bruce K. Chapman
Sam Smith
Phyllis Lamphere
Tim Hill
Liem Eng Tuai
Charles M. Carroll (President)

  • Best resigned July 6, 1971, after being cleared of charges of wrongdoing in connection with the acceptance and reporting of campaign contributions in his 1967 election campaign. Rogers was appointed to fill his unexpired term. Rogers was defeated in the next election and resigned before the beginning of the next term. Chapman, who won the election, took office early, on November 29, 1971.

1972-1973
John R. Miller
Jeanette Williams
Wayne D. Larkin
George E. Cooley
Bruce K. Chapman
Sam Smith
Phyllis Lamphere
Tim Hill
Liem Eng Tuai (President)
Ann Ormsby
George Benson

  • Tuai resigned October 2, 1973 to run for Mayor. Ormsby was appointed to fill his term. Benson was elected at the next election and Ormsby resigned with Benson taking office early.

1974-1975
Randy Revelle
George Benson
John R. Miller
Jeanette Williams
Wayne D. Larkin
Bruce K. Chapman
Paul Kraabel
Sam Smith (President)
Phyllis Lamphere
Tim Hill

  • Chapman resigned January 20, 1975 to become Secretary of State. Kraabel was appointed to fill his position. Kraabel was elected at a special election to fill the remainder of the term.

1976-1977
Paul Kraabel
Randy Revelle
George Benson
John R. Miller
Jeanette Williams
Wayne D. Larkin
Jonathan Whetzel
Sam Smith (President)
Phyllis Lamphere
Tim Hill

  • Larkin resigned August 15, 1977 to run for Mayor. Whetzel was appointed to fill his unexpired term.

1978-1979
Michael Hildt
Paul Kraabel
Randy Revelle
George Benson
John R. Miller (President)
Jeanette Williams
Sam Smith
Phyllis Lamphere (President)
Dolores Sibonga
Norm B. Rice
Tim Hill

  • Lamphere resigned August 14, 1978 to take the position as Director of Region X, U.S. Economic Development Agency. Sibonga was appointed to fill her position until a special election could be held. Sibonga did not run in the election and Rice was elected at the special election.

1980-1981
Virginia Galle
Jack Richards
Dolores Sibonga
Norm B. Rice
Michael Hildt
Paul Kraabel (President)
Randy Revelle
George Benson
Jeanette Williams
Sam Smith

  • Revelle announced he would not run for reelection because he decided to run for King County Executive. Upon winning the election, he resigned his Council position November 16, 1981. Galle, who ran for the seat Revelle was vacating, won the election for Council and took office early.

1982-1983
Virginia Galle
Jack Richards
Dolores Sibonga
Norm B. Rice
Michael Hildt
Paul Kraabel
George Benson
Jeanette Williams (President)
Sam Smith


1984-1985
Jim Street
Virginia Galle
Dolores Sibonga
Norm B. Rice (President)
Michael Hildt
Paul Kraabel
George Benson
Jeanette Williams
Sam Smith


1986-1987
Jane Noland
Jim Street
Virginia Galle
Dolores Sibonga
Norm B. Rice
Paul Kraabel
George Benson
Jeanette Williams
Sam Smith (President)


1988-1989
Jane Noland
Jim Street
Virginia Galle
Dolores Sibonga
Norm B. Rice
Paul Kraabel
George Benson
Jeanette Williams
Sam Smith (President)


1990-1991
Cheryl Chow
Tom Weeks
Sue Donaldson
Jane Noland
Jim Street
Dolores Sibonga
Paul Kraabel (President)
George Benson
Sam Smith

  • Rice was elected Mayor in the general election of November 7, 1989. Donaldson was appointed by the Council to fill Rice's seat until the next general election.

1992-1993
Cheryl Chow
Tom Weeks
Sue Donaldson
Jane Noland
Jim Street
George Benson (President)
Sherry Harris
Margaret Pageler
Martha Choe


1994-1995
Jan Drago
Cheryl Chow
Tom Weeks
Sue Donaldson
Jane Noland
Jim Street (President)
Sherry Harris
Margaret Pageler
Martha Choe


1996-1997
John Manning
Tina Podlodowski
Jan Drago (President)
Cheryl Chow
Tom Weeks
Sue Donaldson
Jane Noland
Margaret Pageler
Martha Choe
Paul Kraabel
Charlie Chong
Richard McIver
Peter Steinbrueck

  • Weeks resigned on August 2, 1996, to take a position with the Seattle School District. Paul Kraabel was appointed to fill the vacant seat until a special election could be held. Chong won the special election and took office in November 1996.
  • Manning resigned December 16, 1996. McIver was appointed January 27, 1997 to fill Manning's seat until the next election. McIver chose to run for the seat being vacated by Chow. Peter Steinbrueck won the election for Manning's seat and took office early, in November 1997.

1998-1999
Jan Drago
Margaret Pageler
Sue Donaldson (President)
Martha Choe
Jim Compton
Tina Podlodowski
Richard McIver
Nick Licata
Peter Steinbrueck
Richard Conlin

  • Choe had chosen not to run for re-election and subsequently resigned October 1, 1999, to take a position in State government. Compton, who won the general election for Choe's seat, took office early on November 12, 1999.

2000-2001
Jan Drago
Margaret Pageler (President)
Judy Nicastro
Heidi Wills
Jim Compton
Richard McIver
Nick Licata
Peter Steinbrueck
Richard Conlin


2002-2003
Jan Drago
Margaret Pageler
Judy Nicastro
Heidi Wills
Jim Compton
Richard McIver
Nick Licata
Peter Steinbrueck (President)
Richard Conlin


2004-2005
Jim Compton
Richard Conlin
David Della
Jan Drago (President)
Jean Godden
Nick Licata
Richard McIver
Tom Rasmussen
Peter Steinbrueck

  • Jim Compton resigned effective 1/6/2006. Sally Clark was appointed in 2006 to fill the vacant seat until a special election could be held in November of that year. She won the election and served out the rest of Compton's term.

2006-2007
Sally Clark
Richard Conlin
David Della
Jan Drago
Jean Godden
Nick Licata (President)
Richard McIver
Tom Rasmussen
Peter Steinbrueck


2008-2009
Tim Burgess
Sally Clark
Richard Conlin (President)
Jan Drago
Jean Godden
Bruce Harrell
Nick Licata
Richard McIver
Tom Rasmussen


2010-2011
Sally Bagshaw
Tim Burgess
Sally Clark
Richard Conlin (President)
Jean Godden
Bruce Harrell
Nick Licata
Mike O'Brien
Tom Rasmussen


2012-2013
Sally Bagshaw
Tim Burgess
Sally Clark (President)
Richard Conlin
Jean Godden
Bruce Harrell
Nick Licata
Mike O'Brien
Tom Rasmussen


2014-2015
Sally Bagshaw
Tim Burgess (President)
Sally Clark
Jean Godden
Bruce Harrell
Nick Licata
Mike O'Brien
Tom Rasmussen
Kshama Sawant