One of my favorite parts of running for public office is getting the chance to meet with and seek counsel from some of the state's most outstanding public servants. It's a great opportunity to learn from those who have traveled this path before and who carry decades of experience in public service.
I met last week with a man I've admired my entire life: former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. Senator Gorton was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1959 and served as Majority Leader from 1967-1969. He later served 12 years as Washington's Attorney General and 18 years as U.S. Senator.
That's a remarkable four decades of public service to the State of Washington. Senator Gorton is a model of a public servant. Needless to say, it was an honor and a privilege to sit down and learn from him.
Even more humbling, Senator Gorton announced he's endorsing me for State Representative!
Here's his full statement:
"Paul Graves has the background, temperament, and vision to make an outstanding legislator. In my ten years in the Legislature, twelve years as Attorney General, and eighteen years as U.S. Senator, I saw what makes for excellence in public service: a keen intellect, a fundamental understanding of the issues, and a bedrock foundation of core principles. Paul has all of those. I have no doubt that he will represent the residents of the 5th district with distinction. I am excited to endorse and support him."
Senator Gorton's endorsement is especially important to me personally, as I consider him the type of public servant I would like to be. I look forward to seeking his advice in the weeks and months ahead.