A Legacy of Election Integrity, Civic Engagement, and Controversial Decisions


On July 24, 2012, the Slade Gorton International Policy Center at NBR hosted a roundtable discussion with Secretary of State Sam Reed. The event focused on election reforms, redistricting outcomes, and controversial decisions as we honored his long public service career.

Since taking office in 2000, Sam Reed has been recognized as one of the nation’s most accomplished Secretaries of State in the field of elections. He has made sweeping improvements to ensure the integrity of the election process and he has championed statewide voter registration reforms and digital archives. Under his leadership, he has strengthened transparency, accountability and trust in charitable organizations. Prior to his service as Secretary of State, Reed was elected Thurston County Auditor five times and served as the Assistant Secretary of State.

Sam Reed will retire in January 2013 after overseeing his last general election in November which promises to be one of the most interesting of his tenure with all the open seats in statewide and legislative offices, initiatives on social issues, and the presidential race.

The event moderated by former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton and was attended by business leaders, non-profit executives, government officials, and students.

Since taking office in 2000, Sam Reed has been recognized as one of the nation’s most accomplished Secretaries of State in the field of elections. Prior to his service as Secretary of State, Reed was elected Thurston County Auditor five times and served as the Assistant Secretary of State.

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