Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Beth Andrus to the Court of Appeals, Division 1. She is replacing Judge Ronald Cox, who is retiring on May 31.
Andrus serves as a judge in King County Superior Court where she has held different roles including chief civil judge and assistant presiding judge. She is also a member of the court’s personnel committee and executive committee and has served as chair of the budget committee.
Prior to joining King County Superior Court, Andrus was a partner at Skellenger Bender, P.S. in Seattle. She worked as an associate at Miller Nash Wiener Hager & Carlsen also in Seattle, and served as law clerk to Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Minnesota.
"Beth has a range of legal experience that will serve the community well. She is known as a problem solver who can find a path forward through even the most complicated challenges,” Inslee said.
Andrus received her law degree from University of Minnesota. She has a master’s degree in judicial studies from University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Wayne State University in Michigan.
In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Andrus to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington. Her nomination expired in January 2017 without Senate action.
Her appointment is effective June 2018.