About Tim

Council position: 8
In office since: 2008
Current term: 2015-2017

First elected in 2007, Councilmember Tim Burgess was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. Tim chairs the Council's Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee and formerly chaired the public safety, education, and budget committees. He was Council president in 2014-2015.

A Seattle native, Tim has been involved in local community and government matters for the past 48 years. He brings a diversity of experience to the City Council, having worked as a journalist, Seattle police officer and detective, global anti-poverty worker and small business owner. He chaired his neighborhood community council and served 12 years on the City's Ethics and Elections Commission. These life experiences have helped to shape Tim's world view and have convinced him of the power of people to create positive change.

Tim grew up on Capitol Hill and attended Lincoln High School and the University of Washington. He and his wife of 38 years, Joleen, and their three daughters all are graduates of Seattle Public Schools. Tim and Joleen are residents of the Queen Anne neighborhood.