Jenny Durkan Wife, Age, Family, Partner, Biography & More

Jenny Durkan Wife, Age, Family, Partner, Biography & More

Jenny Durkan Wife, Age, Family, Partner, Biography & More | Jenny Anne Durkan is an American Democratic politician currently serving as the mayor of Seattle. Formerly a prosecutor, she served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, appointed by President Barack Obama, from October 2009 to September 2014.

Jenny Durkan Wife

Jenny Durkan Wife, Age, Family, Partner, Biography & More

Born Name: Jenny Anne Durkan
Born/Date of Birth: May 19, 1958
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, United States
Political party: Democratic
Education: The University of Washington, University of Washington School of Law, University of Notre Dame
Partner: Dana Garvey
Parents: Martin Durkan (father) Lorraine Durkan (Mother)
Siblings: Kathleen Durkan
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Early life and education

Durkan was born in Seattle in 1958, the fourth of seven children, and grew up in Issaquah, Washington. She attended Forest Ridge School, a private Catholic girls’ school.

Durkan earned her B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1980. After graduating, she moved to a Yupik fishing village on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska, where she taught English, coached a girls’ basketball team,

Durkan earned her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1985. “I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 5 years old,” she told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1992. “When I graduated from law school, my mother said, ‘Finally someone is going to pay you to argue.”‘



While in law school, Durkan participated in a pilot criminal defense clinic, working with the public defender’s office to represent individuals charged in Seattle municipal court. She continued the work on a pro bono basis, until she moved to Washington, D.C. to practice law with the firm of Williams & Connolly. There she did a range of civil and criminal cases, including representing reporters subpoenaed by the government.

Durkan returned to Seattle in 1991 and established a successful practice focusing on criminal defense and work on behalf of plaintiffs, including the family of Lt. Walter Kilgore, who died in the Pang warehouse fire, the case of Stan Stevenson (a retired firefighter who was stabbed leaving a Mariners game) and the case of Kate Fleming, who died in a flash flood in her Madison Valley basement during the Hanukkah Eve windstorm of 2006.

Civic leader

Durkan served on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 1993 to 1996. She served as the first Citizen Observer on the Seattle Police Firearms Review Board from 1997 to 2000 and two Seattle mayors asked her to serve on Citizen Review Committees for the Seattle Police Department. She also played an advisory role on the establishment of the King County Drug Court and the Mental Health Court. She later helped create a specialized drug program in the federal courts in Western Washington.


U.S. Attorney

In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Durkan to be the U.S Attorney for the Western District of Washington, which covers 19 counties and is home to 4.6 million people (78% of the state’s population). She was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 29, 2009, and sworn in on October 1 by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik.


Mayor of Seattle

2017 election
Durkan announced her candidacy for Seattle mayor on May 11, 2017, shortly after incumbent Mayor Ed Murray ended his reelection campaign. She was labeled an “establishment” candidate, among a crowded field in the primary race, and picked up endorsements from Murray and members of the Seattle City Council, as well as The Seattle Times and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.


Personal life

Durkan is the daughter of Martin Durkan, a former member of the Washington State Senate who twice—in 1968 and 1972—was a candidate for governor but lost both times in the Democratic primary. Durkan’s mother, Lorraine Durkan, was the executive editor of the Ballard News. Her siblings include photographer Tim Durkan and former NBC News correspondent Kathleen Durkan. From 1)Wikipedia


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