Rob McKenna is serving his second term as Washington’s 17th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs more than 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, the Governor and Legislature.
A national leader, McKenna is the President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He has served in a number of leadership roles including: Vice-President (2009-2010), Executive Committee (2005-06, 2008-present),State-Federal Task Force on Mortgage Enforcement Co-chair (2009-present),Environment and Energy Committee Co-chair (2009-2010), Intellectual Property Committee Co-chair (2009-2010), Tobacco Committee Co-chair (2006-2009), Tobacco Strategic Planning Committee member (2006-present), Best Practices Task Force member (2009-present), Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group member (2009-present), Mission Foundation, Board of Directors & Investment Committee (2009-present), Financial Practices Committee Co-Chair (2005-06).
McKenna received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies, both with honors, from the University of Washington. McKenna was student body president at the U.W. and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has been an attorney since 1988, beginning his career in the Bellevue office of Perkins Coie, one of the nation’s top 50 law firms, where he practiced business and regulatory law from 1988 to 1996.
In 1995, McKenna was elected to the Metropolitan King County Council. He was re-elected twice without opposition and was twice rated “Outstanding” by the Municipal League.
A committed community leader, McKenna has raised hundreds of thousands for the Eastside Domestic Violence Program and the Bellevue Schools Foundation (where he served two terms as president). An Eagle Scout himself, McKenna continues to serve as a board member with the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Washington State Army Advisory Board and the Bellevue Community College Foundation (where he served as president in 2009-2010).
“Ask, Listen, Learn has been a great program that really reaches people because it goes where they live, which is largely online today, and because it reaches into the schools—gives parents and teachers tools to use in school and at home,” says McKenna. We know this stuff works. We have reduced underage drinking in our state significantly. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been a really important partner for the Attorneys General in this country who have worked with them.”
“We know most of the alcohol comes from family members. We have to as a society not wink at the problem. We have to recognize it’s a serious issue. It isn’t just about prevention. It’s also about having conversations about why it’s unwise.”
We invite you to learn more about McKenna and the work he has done.