Jane Hague’s career in government service has focused on three things: leadership, effectiveness, and results. Jane currently represents King County’s District 6 which includes Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Redmond, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point.
Jane joined the Metropolitan King County Council in 1994; the first year of the County’s merger of County government with Metro. Since then she has been in an active leadership role during some of the Council’s most critical moments. She was elected by her peers to serve as the Chair of the Council only two years into her first term.
As Chair of the Council she opened up the Council’s processes to public scrutiny with regular reporting of Council attendance, voting, and expense records. She had the opportunity of presiding over two stadium crises. Under her watch the looming crises were averted and resulted in the construction of Safeco Field and Qwest Field. Further, both the Mariners and Seahawks were retained under local owners. Later, Jane oversaw the complete reorganization of the Council’s internal management procedures. In July, 2000 she was honored by being elected President of the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Jane is passionate about growth management and has carried that enthusiasm to NACo, a national organization which represents 300 county governments within the U.S. As President, she sponsored an initiative that provided a framework for county officials all over the country to evaluate growth strategies and to meet the growth needs of the nation’s counties.
Prior to her election to the King County Council, Jane was a member of the Bellevue City Council while concurrently serving as Manager of King County Records and Elections Division. Jane also served as president of the Washington Association of Counties.
She has been honored with numerous awards including local Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Homebuilders, Citizen of the Year by the Kirkland Business and Professional Women, and the Public Service Award by the American Society of Public Administrators. The King County Boys & Girls Clubs honored her as their Children’s Champion in 2003, and Standing Ovation, the Eastside Arts Umbrella, honored her efforts on behalf of the arts.
Jane is also actively involved in number of philanthropies within District 6 including the Bellevue Rotary Club, King County Boys & Girls Clubs, Bellevue Community College Foundation, and the Youth Eastside Services Advisory Committee. She currently lives in Bellevue with her husband, Ed Springman. They have been fortunate enough to climb many of the world’s highest peaks and are avid long-distance cyclists.