Paul Graves was born and raised in Maple Valley. One of five children, he attended Tahoma public schools and graduated from Western Washington University—where he served as the student body president—and earned his law degree from Duke University. After law school he served for a year as a law clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice James Johnson. He then worked at Perkins Coie LLP, the state's leading law firm. Now, when he's not serving in Washington's part-time legislature, he serves as an in-house lawyer for a family-owned trucking company. He lives in Fall City.
Paul is an engaged community member. He maintains an active pro bono legal practice, representing foster youth in legal proceedings. In 2011 he was named the pro bono attorney of the year by the Court Appointed Special Advocate organization, which represents the interest of foster children in court. He served as a board member of both an innovative college-prep non-profit for low-income kids, and on one of Washington's first public charter schools, a high-performing school with a computer science focus on Kent's east hill. He is active in both the state and King County bar associations. He is an active member of Snoqualmie Rotary and of Eastridge Church in Issaquah. Currently, he chairs the board of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (a bipartisan group doing cost-benefit analysis of government programs) and serves on the board of HopeLink (a community action network serving homeless and low-income children, families, seniors, and disabled people in East King County).
In his limited spare time, Paul spends his time with his wife Jenny and son Chad, and enjoys kayaking, playing and watching sports, and reading novels and biographies.
About Paul Graves
East Renton Highlands
The 5th legislative district is in East King County, and includes Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Maple Valley, North Bend, Black Diamond, Carnation, Fall City, and parts of Sammamish, Kent, Renton, and Duvall. Here is a a district map.