Peter Goldmark

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Peter Goldmark
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Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
In office
January 2009 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
PredecessorDoug Sutherland (R)
Base salary$121,618
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,659,138
Term limitsN/A
High schoolOkanogan High School
Bachelor'sHaverford College (1967)
Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley (1971)
Office website
Campaign website
Peter Goldmark is the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands. Goldmark, a Democrat, has served since January 2009. He was re-elected in 2012.[1]


Goldmark was raised near Okanogan, Washington. He is a graduate of Okanogan High School, Haverford College (BA), and the University of California at Berkeley (PhD). After graduating from Berkeley in 1971, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology at Harvard University before returning to Okanogan with his wife, Georgia.

Goldmark owns the Double J. Ranch, a 7,000 acre farm in Okanogan County. He founded and serves as the chief scientist of DJR Research, Inc., a biotechnology research laboratory. He was appointed the Washington Director of Agriculture in 1993 but resigned his post a short time after his appointment, and has served on a number of commissions and councils within the Washington State Government.[2]


  • Okanogan High School
  • BA, Haverford College
  • PhD, Molecular biology, University of California at Berkeley



See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Goldmark won re-election in 2012. He faced Clint Didier (R) and Stephen Sharon (No party preference) in the blanket primary on August 7.[3] Goldmark and Didler advanced to the general election.[4] Goldmark defeated Didier in the general election, which took place November 6, 2012.

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Goldmark Incumbent 58.7% 1,692,083
     Republican Clint Didier 41.3% 1,188,411
Total Votes 2,880,494
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands, Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter J. Goldmark 51.9% 683,448
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClint Didier 41.1% 540,907
     No Party Preference Stephen A. Sharon 7.1% 92,993
Total Votes 1,317,348
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'


Goldmark identified the following issues on his campaign website:

  • Conversion of forest lands
  • Sustainable timber practices
  • Cleaning up Puget Sound
  • Climate change
  • Wildfires
  • Clean water


Goldmark won election in the November 8 election, defeating Republican candidate Doug Sutherland.[5]

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Goldmark (D) 1,416,904 50.55%
Doug Sutherland (R) 1,385,903 49.45%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Goldmark is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Goldmark raised a total of $1,659,138 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 8, 2013.[6]

Peter Goldmark's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 WA Commissioner of Public Lands Won $509,257
2010 WA Commissioner of Public Lands Not up for election $55,580
2008 WA Commissioner of Public Lands Won $1,094,301
Grand Total Raised $1,659,138


Goldmark won re-election to the position of Washington Commissioner of Public Lands in 2012. During that election cycle, Goldmark raised a total of $509,257.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Peter Goldmark's donors each year.[7] Click [show] for more information.


Goldmark was married to the late Georgia Goldmark, who died of cancer in 2003. Together, they raised five children on their family ranch. He is remarried and lives in Olympia with his wife, Wendy.

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Preceded by
Doug Sutherland (R)
Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
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