Inslee statement on death of Robert "Bob" Santos, community leader

Story Body

OLYMPIA – “Washington is a better state because of Bob Santos’ passion for justice.

“Bob was a forward thinker. His early days as an activist with the ‘Gang of Four’ helped bring communities of color together in one unified voice to fight for equal rights.

“He served as the unofficial mayor of the Chinatown International District in Seattle, advocating for social justice that helped pave the way for future generations of API leaders. Washington's strong API community is a testament to his leadership and commitment to mentoring.

“Trudi and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, his family, and his friends. His passing is truly a loss but his legacy will live on.”

Media Contacts

Tara Lee
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office