Washington Commissioner of Public Lands

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The Washington Commissioner of Public Lands is a state executive position in the Washington state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Peter Goldmark.


Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington


In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects their state executives in presidential years (2012, 2016, and 2020).


See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Incumbent Peter Goldmark won re-election on November 6, 2012.

  • 2012 General Election Results for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
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.


Article III, Section 23 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the commissioner at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it. In 2010, the commissioner was paid an estimated $121,618, according to the Council of State Governments.[1]

Contact information

Washington Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 47000
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Phone: (360) 902-1000

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