Reagan Dunn

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Reagan Dunn
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Candidate for
Attorney General of Washington
Prior offices
King County Councilman
Bachelor'sArizona State University
J.D.University of Washington School of Law (1998)
Personal website
Campaign website
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Reagan Dunn is a Republican King County Councilman, representing the 9th District. He was a Republican candidate in the 2012 election for Attorney General of Washington. He lost to Bob Ferguson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Dunn attended Arizona State University for his undergraduate degree. In 1998, he earned his J.D. from University of Washington School of Law. As a law student, Dunn was selected as a member and Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Board as well as a judicial aid to the Honorable Barbara Durham, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Washington.

After graduating from University of Washington, Dunn joined the law firm of Inslee, Doezie & Ryder, P.S. in Bellevue, where he remained until joining the Justice Department. While practicing at the firm, he established himself as a legal advocate for small business; he represented several small businesses, and served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Eastside Business Alliance.[2]

In 2001, Dunn moved to Washington D.C. to serve as National Coordinator and co-author for Project Safe Neighborhoods for former President George W. Bush's "nationwide effort to reduce gun violence through enhanced prosecution," among other roles. One of his titles at the DOJ was Senior Counsel to the Director for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, an agency which provides administration and support to all 93 of the country's U.S. Attorneys offices.[2] In the wake of September 11, 2001, Dunn contributed to the anti-terrorism effort as a DOJ delegate on the President's Task Force on Citizen Preparedness. He played an active role in the development of USA Freedom Corps and Citizen Corps, the V.I.P.S. Program (Volunteers in Police Service), and the expansion of the National Neighborhood Watch Program. Dunn's record at the DOJ post-September 11 also included his participation in the investigation of Zacharias Moussaoui, also known as "the 20th Hijacker."[2]

He segued from the DOJ to a career as a federal prosecutor, first as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in both the Southern District of Florida and Washington D.C., and later, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Seattle, Washington. He began prosecuting mainly drug crimes, eventually broadening his range to cover, for example, narcotics manufacturing, child pornography, internet crimes, and bank fraud.[2] In Seattle, Dunn strove to crack down on gun-violence as the Coordinator of Firearm Crime Enforcement Coalition of Western Washington. His tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office ended in 2005 when he was appointed to the King County Council by Washington's newly elected attorney general, Rob McKenna.


  • Bachelor's degree, Arizona State University
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1998

Political Career

King County Councilman 2005-present

Dunn was appointed to the King County Council in 2005 to fill the vacancy created by current Attorney General Rob McKenna (R), who left the Council upon his election as Attorney General. Dunn was then elected in November, 2005 and re-elected in 2009 with 78% of the vote.[3]

Attorney General of Washington, Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ferguson 51.7% 685,346
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngReagan Dunn 38.2% 506,524
     Republican Stephen Pidgeon 10.1% 134,185
Total Votes 1,326,055
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'



See also: Washington attorney general election, 2012

Attorney General of Washington General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ferguson 53.5% 1,564,443
     Republican Reagan Dunn 46.5% 1,361,010
Total Votes 2,925,453
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.

Dunn was a 2012 Republican candidate for attorney general of Washington. He faced Stephen Pidgeon (R) and fellow King County Councilman Bob Ferguson (D) in the primary election on August 7. Dunn received the second highest number of votes, after Ferguson, and the two advanced to the general election, which was held on November 6, 2012. The night after the polls closed, on November 7th, Ferguson was declared the winner.[4][5]


  • Same-sex marriage

In a departure from standard party lines, Dunn told the Seattle press in January that he was backing efforts to support gay marriage legislation as a King County Councilman and would do the same if elected attorney general. He said his position on same-sex marriage has evolved out of consideration about his own marriage, and the important role the relationship plays in his life. Dunn is carving out an identity separate from GOP candidate and current Republican attorney general Rob McKenna by siding with his potential opponent in the AG race, Bob Ferguson (D), and Democratic Governor of Washington Christine Gregoire (whose position in favor of gay marriage has likewise evolved over time) on this controversial issue.[6] The stance has the potential to endear the Republican candidate to the state's moderate-to-left leaning electorate.

  • Voter-ID legislation

During a debate with primary challenger Bob Ferguson (prefers Democratic party), Dunn expressed his disapproval of Washington's status as one of only two states (the other is New Mexico) to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. He thinks Washington's leniency makes the state an unwanted attraction for non-citizens, and proposes a solution similar to the "Utah model," wherein undocumented residents can be issued a Driving Privilege Card, which "authorizes non–citizens to drive a vehicle, but the card cannot be used as government–issued ID. So, you couldn't use it to board a plane or set up a bank account."[7]

  • Public Safety

On his official campaign website, Dunn said his mission is "to use the power of the office to increase public safety – in schools, at work, in our homes and in our neighborhoods."[8]

  • Regulation

The self-described fiscal conservative cites reducing reduction "millions of dollars wasted in settlement payouts by keeping state agencies from being sued in the first place" as one of his chief priorities for the office - something he, as a former private practice attorney experienced in advising both private companies and local governments on proper risk management , believes himself uniquely capable of achieving.[8]

  • Gun control

Dunn is an avid gun collector and experienced shooter. He told The Seattle Times' that he does not support more gun control laws, such as requiring background checks at gun shows. "I think you've got a situation where you've got private sales and transactions of guns, and if people want to get guns illegally they can get them illegally." He also weighed on speculation about Congress pursuing a possible assault weapons ban on the heels of the Batman shootings in Colorado: "You're not going to solve the problem. You are not going to make America safer by all these further restrictions. It feels good, but it really won't make a difference," he said.[9]


Dunn, along with outgoing attorney general and current gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna (R) and treasurer candidate Jim McIntire (D), received the endorsement of The Seattle Times,[10] and the Association of Washington Business Board of Directors in his 2012 bid for attorney general. The board gave its statement of support on June 19, 2012, saying “The office of the attorney general is integral to our ability to maintain a competitive business climate, and our members believe Reagan Dunn is the best candidate to represent business’ interests in that office.”[11]

Campaign donors

Dunn lost the election to the position of Washington Attorney General in 2012. During that election cycle, Dunn raised a total of $1,152,898.


Dunn currently resides in Maple Valley with his wife Paige Green Dunn, and their two-year-old son Hayden.[13]



P.O. Box 40417
Bellevue, WA 98015

Phone: (206) 617-8655

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