Gerry Pollet

Adjunct Professor

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail:  gpollet@seattleu.edu

Education

JD, Univ. of WA School of Law, 1983
BA, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 1983, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Biography

Representative Gerry Pollet (J.D. University of WA School of Law) teaches the Legislative Externship Seminar. He has represented the 46th District (N and NE Seattle, Kenmore and Lake Forest Park) in the Washington State House since December, 2011. He is an attorney and faculty member in the UW School of Public Health's Community Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) MPH program.

Rep. Pollet is Chair of the House Local Government Committee and serves on the Appropriations and College and Workforce Development Committees. He has led successful efforts to pass the nation's first comprehensive regulation of electronic cigarettes and "vapor products" and the state's first tax on these products; Washington's groundbreaking expansion of access to higher education passed in 2019; a model program to support students with special education needs and dyslexia; and responding to the critical shortage of teachers. Pollet has been honored as "Legislator of the Year" for his work to improve access to affordable higher education, student support and for open government. Gerry is one of Washington's three Commissioners on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

Adjunct Professor Pollet continues to serve as Executive Director of the region's leading citizens' group working for cleanup and safety of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Heart of America Northwest. Prior to serving in the House, Gerry led the two statewide referenda which stopped the federal government from using Hanford as a national radioactive waste dump; and, was a coauthor of the state's hazardous waste cleanup and growth management laws. Gerry supervises law students in an annual summer Tribal and Environmental Law externship focused on Hanford through Heart of America Northwest in collaboration with the Center for Indian Law and Policy and the Yakama Nation. He has also previously taught courses at the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance on "Open Government Policy and Law" and "Legislative and Budget Skills."