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April 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Thorp named to King County Superior Court bench

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday he is appointing Tanya Thorp, a 12-year veteran of the state Attorney General’s Office, to the King County Superior Court to replace Judge Joan DuBuque, who is retiring after serving more than 30 years on the bench.

Thorp, 35, of Seattle, received her law degree cum laude from Seattle University in 2002; she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1999, according to Inslee’s office. She was born and raised in Marysville.

For nearly 10 years, Thorp worked as an assistant attorney general in the Social & Health Services Termination Unit, “working on difficult family law and parental right cases,” says a news release. Since October 2012, Thorp has handled high profile-cases in the Labor & Industries Division, including defending the state’s citation of Tesoro’s Anacortes refinery after a 2010 explosion that killed seven workers, the release says.

Thorp, who is African American, serves as an executive board member-at-large for the Loren Miller Bar Association, a statewide organization affiliated with the national bar association representing African-American attorneys.

“Tanya’s experience both in the courtroom and working with families will be an excellent asset on the bench,” Inslee was quoted as saying in the news release. “She is highly regarded among her colleagues and her reputation as a competent and effective legal professional is well known. I look forward to her public service to the people of King County for years to come.”

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