As the son of a refugee, I know what tough times are like. I will be your Attorney General focused on protecting the Evergreen State, not on pursuing a partisan agenda.
Protecting your rights as an independent watchdog over state government
Mike is a professional attorney, not a partisan politician, and will restore the Attorney General’s office to its important role as an independent, non-partisan, and professional watchdog over state government to protect your rights and interests.
Mike Vaska has been a lawyer at a top Northwest firm for 30 years, and as a business community and political leader has tackled some of our toughest challenges.
Because Mike is a trusted and experienced leader, he is the only candidate endorsed by every former Republican statewide officeholder and by law enforcement leaders across the state.
Mike will protect consumers and bring people together to address homelessness and crime, and lift the regulatory and other burdens on small businesses.
Get to know Mike Vaska
As the son of a World War II refugee, husband and father, Mike knows that tough times like these require compassion and respect for the rule of law.
Mike's mom is raised in Michigan.
Mike's dad arrives in the U.S. as a teenager and a refugee from WWII.
Mike's parents are married.
Mike is born.
Mike is raised in Redmond.
Camille's dad serves in the military, taking their family around the country.
Mike almost becomes an FBI agent at the age of seven.
Mike's dad is active in the community, serving as a soccer coach and president of the local soccer club.
Mike plays soccer for his high school team and becomes an Eagle Scout.
Mike's dad suffers from a stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
1978 - 1982
Mike becomes the first in his family to go to college when he is accepted to Stanford and receives a full financial aid scholarship. He graduates with a dual major in economics and history and serves as managing editor of the student paper.
Camille’s family moves to Lakewood as her father’s army career ends, and she is selected as her high school's Daffodil Princess.
1982 - 1985
Mike attends the University of Chicago law school (also on a financial aid scholarship) and is selected for the Law Review.
1983 - 1987
Camille attends the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, where she is selected Phi Beta Kappa.
Mike begins practicing law at Foster Pepper & Riviera (now Foster Garvey) in Seattle. He is currently the lead attorney for the consumer protection and antitrust practice.
Mike serves the community as a volunteer special deputy prosecuting attorney and member of the King County Redistricting Commission.
Mike leads an effort to reduce the cost of a proposed transit system by several billion dollars and successfully campaigns for its approval. For his efforts, he is honored with a leadership award by the Municipal League of King County.
Mike and Camille are married in Parkland at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mike's dad passes away.
1996 - 1998
Camille and Mike settle down in Issaquah and over time welcome two sons, Grant and Nathan.
Mike summits Mt. Rainier for the first time.
1990s - present
The Vaska family likes to travel when they get the chance.
Mike campaigns in support of a measure placed on the ballot by the legislature to reduce car tab fees by $30, and, after it is approved by the voters, successfully defends it in the Washington State Supreme court by filing an amicus brief.
2000s - present
Beyond rooting for the Sounders, Mike likes to play soccer recreationally.
2003 - 2009
Camille is a Den Leader and Mike helps the boys with their Pinewood derby cars.
Mike's mom passes away.
2000s - present
Mike enjoys having many home projects to work on.
Mike runs for state Attorney General and loses in the primary to Rob McKenna, who goes on to win the general election. Rob McKenna is endorsing Mike in this election.
The Vaska family adopts Spot, the family dog.
Spring 2005 - Spring 2016
Mike is a head soccer coach for 12 years in the Issaquah Soccer Club and is named a finalist for state Recreational Coach of the Year.
The family builds a treehouse inspired by Fall City’s Pete Nelson.
June 2007, June 2009
Grant and Nathan graduate from Cougar Ridge Elementary.
Mike and family attend the Sounders' inaugural MLS game.
Mike, Camille, Grant, and Nathan spend a month as volunteers in Tanzania, Africa, teaching English at a public school and at an orphanage.
September 2009 - December 2016
Mike become an initial board member and then Vice-Chair for Crosscut Public Media, a non-profit online newspaper.
The Vaska family adopts Zephyr, the best cat ever.
Mike leads Boy Scout High Adventures with Grant, Nathan, and other scouts, including summiting Mt. Rainier and a 10 day, 85-mile trek in New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch.
Mike receives the Dan Evans Environmental Leadership Award from Mainstream Republicans of Washington.
June 2014, June 2016
Grant and Nathan graduate from Issaquah High School. Both attend Washington University in St. Louis.
June 2016, June 2017
Mike joins the board of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington and then is selected chair. While leading the organization, Mike advocates for a Big Tent approach to politics that includes reaching across the aisle to solve big challenges.
2000s - present
Mike is of the opinion that shoveling snow builds character.
2016 - present
Mike and Camille begin to cross country ski more after becoming empty-nesters.
Spot, the family dog, passes away.
The Vaska family views the Great American Eclipse in Oregon.
2000s - present
The Vaska family gets their Christmas trees directly from the mountains.
The Vaska family makes it onscreen during the Sounders - Toronto 2017 MLS Cup.
May 2018, May 2020
Grant and Nathan graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. This fall, Grant will be pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of Chicago, and Nathan a Masters in Robotics/Computer Science at Georgia Tech.
Mike and Camille celebrate their 25th anniversary.
While Mike is chair, Mainstream celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first Cascade Conference with a Gala Dinner.
Mike’s win in a case upholding the right to a fair arbitration is chosen as one of the most important decisions by the Ninth Circuit that year, and Mike is named a “legal lion” by a national publication.
The Vaska family celebrates the Sounders victory in the MLS Cup in Seattle.
Mike announces run for state Attorney General.