Inslee statement on the passing of Gov. John Spellman

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Gov. Inslee issued the following statement on the passing of Gov. John Spellman, whose family notified the governor’s office and asked for the news to be shared with the public.

“Gov. John Spellman was one of the nicest people in public life I’ve ever met. Trudi and I send our deepest condolences to the Spellman family, many of whom we had the chance to get to know over the last few years.

“John took office during a time of great economic uncertainty, and he laid the groundwork for our ongoing effort to protect Puget Sound from oil spills and preserve the natural beauty of our state. During his time as King County executive, he was instrumental in bringing professional baseball and football to Seattle.

“He was a great example of an office holder unafraid to do the right thing, leaving a legacy of bipartisanship and civility in politics, despite the electoral consequences.

“Trudi and I will miss John, and I encourage all Washingtonians to keep him and his family in their thoughts.”

Media inquiries for the Spellman family can be sent to David Spellman at

Media Contacts

Tara Lee
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office