The experience of the 2001 Redistricting Commission, which was appointed to carry out Washington's most
recent redistricting effort, was similar to the 1991 commission. Commissioners Richard Derham, Dean Foster,
John Giese, and Bobbi Krebs-McMullen and commission chair Graham Johnson held hearings throughout the state.
The process was not without its tense moments, especially over congressional redistricting. The commission
missed its statutory deadline, but did pass a plan before the constitutional deadline. At the request of
Attorney General Christine Gregoire, Governor Gary Locke signed legislation that amended the statutory
deadline and allowed retroactive passage of the commission's plan. As Governor Locke explained, "What the
commission did was a very good piece of work. . .(it) complied with the spirit and the requirements of our
state constitution, and so there's no reason to have this revised and reopened and completely redone."
Washington's experience since the beginning of statehood has shown that redistricting is always
contentious and difficult, no matter who takes charge. The voters, the Legislature and the courts have all
had a hand in developing and refining the process that is now carried out both quickly and effectively by
the Washington State Redistricting Commission.