The King County Council on Monday (Jan. 13) voted unanimously to appoint Dave Upthegrove to the Sound Transit Board of Directors.
Upthegrove – an area native – began his public service as Senior Legislative Assistant to then-Senator Julia Patterson (D-retired, SeaTac), and has served on the King County Council since Jan. 1.
Previously he was a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 33rd legislative district, which includes SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park and parts of Kent, Renton and Burien.
“Transportation issues were one of my top priorities in the legislature and I look forward to continuing to represent South King County’s interest on the Sound Transit Board,” Upthegrove said.
Sound Transit is governed by an 18-member Board made up of local elected officials and the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Board members serve four-year terms and provide policy direction and oversight to Sound Transit.
Upthegrove was appointed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and will continue the work of former Councilmember Patterson on the Board.
“The board’s collective knowledge and experience is tremendous,” Upthegrove said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure regional transit services meet our residents’ needs and are delivered sustainably.”