King County Executive
Increasing home-visiting services so more parents and caregivers have the support they need
Executive Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids initiative is providing more parents and caregivers the support they need to get their children off to a strong healthy start in life by providing a wide range of services provided by community partners during home visits.
King County Metro named the best large transit system in North America
The nation’s foremost transit association named King County Metro the best large transit system in North America, citing achievements in ridership, safety, innovation, equity, and sustainability over the past three years.
King County launches research vessel to join emergency Puget Sound orca recovery effort
King County Executive Dow Constantine directed King County’s marine research vessel, SoundGuardian, to join the state, federal and tribal coalition that has come together to rescue the endangered residents of Puget Sound’s orca population.
Thirty-eight senior centers countywide will have more accessible facilities and expanded programs with a $3.5 million investment by King County
King County is preparing for the region’s growing senior population by stabilizing senior centers countywide with investments totaling nearly $3.5 million to enhance facilities, improve outreach and accessibility for underserved or isolated seniors, and support program enhancements, all thanks to funding from the voter-approved Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy.
Executive Constantine applauds King County Council for approving innovative funding for new open space
King County Councilmembers approved legislation proposed by Executive Constantine to protect the region’s most vulnerable forests, farmlands and shorelines. The ordinance supports Land Conservation Initiative goals of preserving vital and at-risk open space lands in King County within a generation, and improving green space access in underserved communities.
Executive Constantine proposes new approach to Metro fare enforcement
King County Executive Dow Constantine proposes a new Metro fare enforcement program that reduces fines and offers alternatives for riders ticketed for not having a valid proof of payment.
With investments by Amazon and City of Seattle, King County Metro will offer more frequent, reliable service on some of its most popular routes
This September, Amazon, the City of Seattle and King County Metro will fund increased bus service across Seattle and King County. In a new partnership with Metro, Amazon will fund 12,000 hours of increased bus service over two years on six of King County’s most traveled routes to downtown and South Lake Union. The City of Seattle will fund 20,000 additional hours annually, and Metro will add 62,000 hours.
After King County’s lawsuit win, Trump administration restores sex-ed research funding
Following a successful lawsuit against the federal government, King County now has sufficient funds to proceed with important sexual health education research. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services delivered the $1 million contract originally awarded to King County for a scientific study as part of the nationwide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Authors of a comprehensive study on electric buses recognize Executive Constantine as a national leader in the transition to a 100-percent electric fleet
A new scientific report on the health, economic, and environmental benefits of electric buses encourages other metropolitan regions to follow King County’s example to accelerate the transition to an all-electric bus fleet.
Executive Constantine releases statement on Janus decision
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME
King County, Seattle and Auburn announce homelessness actions, chart course for One Table
King County Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan of Seattle, and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus announced immediate steps to tackle the region’s homelessness crisis by providing more emergency shelter, behavioral health services, and affordable housing. The three co-chairs of One Table also affirmed ongoing work to tackle the root causes of homelessness.
Newest transit-to-trails service will make it safer, more convenient to explore Mailbox Peak
The third Trailhead Direct route will offer transit service from North Bend to Mailbox Peak, reducing unsafe overcrowding at the parking lot for one of the most popular hiking trails in the state.
Executive Constantine on winning 2026 FIFA World Cup bid
King County Executive Dow Constantine made the following statement after FIFA chose the North American "United 2026" bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. Seattle is one of 17 U.S. sites that will be considered to host matches.
Executive Constantine releases statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision on treaty rights
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to let stand an appeals court ruling that determined Washington’s culverts and other pipes under state roadways violate fishing treaties with northwest tribes.
Executive Constantine: 'Now is the moment for everyone to commit to doing the thing they do best, to make the most difference, and for us to hold one another accountable'
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement regarding the city of Seattle's decision to withdraw its employee hours tax.
VIDEO: Executive Constantine on the Trump administration separating children from parents seeking asylum: 'This is not who are as Americans'
King County Executive Dow Constantine joined other elected officials and community leaders to demand that the Trump administration immediately end its practice of separating children from parents who came to the United States seeking asylum. Below is a transcript of his remarks.
Executive Constantine announces former Gov. Gary Locke will chair the community-led effort to ensure a complete, accurate Census count in 2020
Former Gov. Gary Locke – who oversaw the 2010 Census while he served as the Commerce Secretary during the Obama administration – will chair a community-led effort to ensure a complete, accurate Census count in 2020, Executive Constantine announced.
Executive Constantine on the passing of Executive Randy Revelle: His tirelessness, passion of the underserved, and commitment to health care for all continue to inspire our work
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passing of Executive Randy Revelle, who served from 1981-1985.
King County wins lawsuit, blocks federal government from terminating science-based teen pregnancy prevention program
In a major victory to King County, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services illegally terminated a sexual health education grant to Public Health — Seattle & King County. Today's judicial action adds momentum to a national effort to push back against the politicization of public health initiatives and marks the fourth time in recent weeks that federal courts have ruled against the Trump administration.
Executive Constantine proposes legislation to protect King County’s most vulnerable forests, farmlands and shorelines
King County Executive Dow Constantine will transmit an ordinance to the King County Council to protect thousands of acres of forests, farmlands and shorelines. The move is part of an effort to save King County’s most at-risk open space before development reshapes what makes this region great.