Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
The office of Superintendent of Public instruction is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in the state.
The current officeholder is Randy Dorn.
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).
|Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012|
|N/A||Randy Dorn Incumbent||100%||2,164,163|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.|
The Superintendent of Public instruction is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the state's K-12 public education system.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Article III, Section 22 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the superintendent at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it. In 2010, the superintendent was paid an estimated $121,618, according to the Council of State Governments.
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Old Capitol Building
600 Washington St. S.E.
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Phone: (360) 725-6000
TTY: (360) 664-3631