Asian Hall of Fame – Class of 2004

Former Governor, State of Washington, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Former U.S. Ambassador to China

A native of Washington State and graduate of Yale University and Boston University Law School, Gary Locke rose through the political ranks to become King County’s first Asian American Executive in 1994.
Two years later, Locke was elected Governor of the State of Washington, becoming the first Chinese American governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor in the continental United States. In 2003, Locke was chosen by the Democratic Party to deliver the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address.

After serving two terms as governor from 1997 through 2005, Locke briefly left politics and joined the Seattle law offices of Davis Wright Tremaine, where he specialized in trade and government relations.
In 2009, Locke was appointed as the 36th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, by President Barack Obama, the highest rank of any Asian American in the U.S. Government service.

Locke made history again in 2011 with his appointment as the 10th U.S. Ambassador to China.  Ambassador Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve as Ambassador to China, as Secretary of Commerce, and as Governor. Locke makes his home in Seattle with his wife, Mona, and their three