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As the Son of a WWII refugee, husband and father, Mike knows that tough times like these require compassion and respect for the rule of law.
1937-1955
Mike's Vaska's mom is raised in Michigan.

Mike's mom is raised in Michigan.

1952
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Mike's dad arrives in the U.S. as a teenager and a refugee from WWII.

September 1957
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Mike's parents are married.

October 1960
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Mike is born.

1966-1978
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Mike is raised in Redmond.

1961-1981
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Camille's dad serves in the military, taking their family around the country.

May 1968
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Mike almost becomes an FBI agent at the age of seven.

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1968-1985
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Mike's dad is active in the community, serving as a soccer coach and president of the local soccer club.

1974-1978
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Mike plays soccer for his high school team and becomes an Eagle Scout.

Fall 1975
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Mike's dad suffers from a stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.

1978 - 1982
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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.

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1981-1983

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
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Mike attends the University of Chicago law school (also on a financial aid scholarship) and is selected for the Law Review.

1983 - 1987
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Camille attends the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, where she is selected Phi Beta Kappa.

1985
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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.

Early 1990s

Mike serves the community as a volunteer special deputy prosecuting attorney and member of the King County Redistricting Commission.

1990s

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.

September 1993
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Mike and Camille are married in Parkland at Trinity Lutheran Church.

July 1996
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Mike's dad passes away.

1996 - 1998
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Camille and Mike settle down in Issaquah and over time welcome two sons, Grant and Nathan.

August 1994
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Mike summits Mt. Rainier for the first time.

1990s - present
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The Vaska family likes to travel when they get the chance.

1998

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
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Beyond rooting for the Sounders, Mike likes to play soccer recreationally.

2003 - 2009
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Camille is a Den Leader and Mike helps the boys with their Pinewood derby cars.

July 2009
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Mike's mom passes away.

2000s - present
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Mike enjoys having many home projects to work on.

2004
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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.

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December 2004
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The Vaska family adopts Spot, the family dog.

Spring 2005 - Spring 2016
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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.

2005
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The family builds a treehouse inspired by Fall City’s Pete Nelson.

June 2007, June 2009
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Grant and Nathan graduate from Cougar Ridge Elementary.

March 2009
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Mike and family attend the Sounders' inaugural MLS game.

Relive the Event
Summer 2009
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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
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Mike become an initial board member and then Vice-Chair for Crosscut Public Media, a non-profit online newspaper.

December 2010
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The Vaska family adopts Zephyr, the best cat ever.

2011-2014
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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.

May 2013
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Mike receives the Dan Evans Environmental Leadership Award from Mainstream Republicans of Washington.

June 2014, June 2016
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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
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Mike is of the opinion that shoveling snow builds character.

2016 - present
cross-country-skiing

Mike and Camille begin to cross country ski more after becoming empty-nesters.

August 2017
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Spot, the family dog, passes away.

August 2017
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The Vaska family views the Great American Eclipse in Oregon.

2000s - present
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The Vaska family gets their Christmas trees directly from the mountains.

December 2017
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The Vaska family makes it onscreen during the Sounders - Toronto 2017 MLS Cup.

Disappointing Recap
May 2018, May 2020
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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.

September 2018
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Mike and Camille celebrate their 25th anniversary.

October 2019

While Mike is chair, Mainstream celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first Cascade Conference with a Gala Dinner.

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October 2019

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.

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November 2019
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The Vaska family celebrates the Sounders victory in the MLS Cup in Seattle.

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March 2020

Mike announces run for state Attorney General.

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Mike Vaska is a community leader who will use his decades of experience as a successful attorney to protect the Evergreen State as Washington’s next Attorney General. He is a professional lawyer, not a professional politician, and will ensure the Attorney General’s office is focused on solving issues in our state.

Mike grew up as part of an immigrant soccer community in East King County, where his dad—who came to this country as a refugee—led the effort to develop youth soccer programs, including building fields and recruiting coaches.  Mike’s dad brought his love of soccer with him when he immigrated to this country as a teenager, after he had been taken from his home and family during World War II to serve as slave labor for the Nazi regime.

The first in his family to go to college, Mike attended Stanford on a full financial aid scholarship, where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Daily newspaper. After graduation, he went to law school at the University of Chicago, where he was on the Law Review.  

Mike returned home after law school to practice at Foster Pepper (now Foster Garvey), where he leads the firm’s consumer protection and antitrust practice.  Mike has represented some of our region’s most successful companies and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for consumers in lawsuits against companies that are fixing prices.  He was recently named a “legal lion” by a national publication for his work that resulted in a victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Community service has been a part of Mike’s life since early in his legal career, as he has served as a volunteer leader and helped tackle some of the region’s biggest challenges.  He was a special deputy prosecuting attorney bringing crack cocaine dealers to justice.  He led the effort to reduce by billions of dollars the cost of the region’s initial mass transit plan in the 1990s, which was then approved by voters with an overwhelming margin.  He was recognized with an award from the Municipal League of King County for his work. 

He served as a founding board member and eventually vice-chair of the not-for-profit online newspaper, Crosscut, as it developed an innovative model for providing news and commentary to our region. He also was a soccer coach for more than a decade in the Issaquah Soccer Club and was a finalist for state recreational coach of the year.

For the last three years, Mike has been chair of Mainstream Republicans of Washington, a statewide organization that works to recruit, educate, and elect candidates with a pragmatic and common-sense approach to governing. He previously received the group’s Daniel Evans Environmental Achievement award.

Mike and his wife Camille have been married for 27 years.  Camille was raised in an Army family, went to high school and college in Tacoma, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Puget Sound. Camille has been active in the Issaquah school district as a leader in the PTSA and Issaquah Schools Foundation and is a manager in the health care field. They have two sons who will be attending graduate school next school year, one for a Ph.D. in Economics and the other a Masters in Robotics.

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