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Washington Director of Labor and Industries

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The Washington Director of Labor and Industries is an appointed state executive position in the Washington state government.

The director oversees the Department of Labor and Industries, which is responsible for the safety, health and security of Washington's workers.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Judy Schurke. She has served in this position since 2007.


The office of the director of labor and industries is established in the Washington Code.[1]

Washington Code - 43.17.020:

There shall be a chief executive officer of each department to be known as: ...(3) the director of labor and industries...


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


The director of labor and industries is appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate and holds office at the pleasure of the governor.[1]


The director oversees the Department of Labor and Industries. Duties of the department include:[2]

  • Protecting the health and safety of workers
  • Ensuring medical care financial help for injured workers
  • Protecting workers wages, hours, breaks and more
  • Protecting the public from unsafe work and economic hardship


In 2010, the director of labor & industries was paid an estimated $139,320, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Contact information

Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 44000
Olympia, Wash. 98504-4000

Physical address:
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, Wash. 98501-5414

Phone: 360-902-5800

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