Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
The Commissioner oversees the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for environmental protection in the state.
The current officeholder is Peter Goldmark (D). He has served in this position since 2009.
Article III, Section 2:
Executive Department. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.
|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).
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|
|Democratic||Peter Goldmark Incumbent||58.7%||1,692,083|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.|
The Commissioner of Public Lands manages the Department of Natural Resources and serves as chair of the state Board of Natural Resources, which sets policy for state trust lands. Additionally the department manages aquatic lands, monitors cleanup and restoration efforts from mining operations, and is the largest fire department in the 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.
Washington Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 47000
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Phone: (360) 902-1000