King County Councilmember Julia Patterson was raised on a small farm in South King County. She attended Washington State University, where she received her B.S. in Society & Justice, and the University of Washington, where she received her B.A. in English. Today, she lives with her husband, Pat, in SeaTac. Their three grown children all live in the area, and they are the proud grandparents of Hannah, John and Leah.
Julia became involved in local politics when she felt that the County was ignoring the needs of her community. Together with other citizens, Julia led the City of SeaTac incorporation effort. In 1989 she was elected as a founding member of the new city council. Since then, Julia has served the public at three distinct levels of government - city, county, and state. Her campaign experience includes ten successful elections to public office – two for city council, three for 33rd District State Representative, two for 33rd District State Senate, and three for her currently held King County Council position. Julia has emerged as an independent regional leader in transportation, election reform, and law and justice issues during her time on the King County Council. She has proven to be a strong advocate for South King County and the suburban areas of King County. As a fierce supporter of social justice and equity, Julia works tirelessly to ensure that all voices are heard and everyone has access to the decision making process.
Councilmember Patterson serves as the 2013 Vice Chair of the King County Council, Chair of the Council’s Committee of the Whole, Vice Chair of the King County Flood Control District, and Vice Chair of the King County Board of Health. She also serves as a member of the Regional Transit Committee, the King County Ferry District Board, and the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee.
Additionally, Councilmember Patterson serves in leadership positions on a number of boards in the region. She serves as Vice Chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors. She is a board member on the Valley Medical Board of Trustees, the South County Area Transportation Board, and the Matt Griffin YMCA Board of Directors. Councilmember Patterson also serves as a member of the Health Steering Committee and as a representative on the Large Urban Counties Caucus for the National Association of Counties (NACo).