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Exit Interview: Chris Gregoire

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Washington Governor Christine Gregoire leaves office January 16th, after eight years as the state’s executive.

She entered office amidst a contentious battle over the 129 vote margin in the 2004 election. The lawsuit challenging her victory dragged on for the first five months of her term.

Gregoire oversaw spending increases in her first term, and dealt with budget shortfalls in her second term. She also pushed a bill this year to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington, which passed the legislature, and was approved by voters in November. The push was a personal and political shift for Gregoire, who’s Catholic and characterized the change as a “battle for me with my religion.” In 2008, she had said that the state should ensure equal rights, but that churches should “make that call about marriage.”

Gregoire has left a recommended budget and a how-to guide for incoming Democrat Jay Inslee.

What will you remember from Gov. Gregoire’s time in office?

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