Larry Springer is the Deputy Majority Leader for Jobs & Economic Development in the House of Representatives. He’s a lifelong resident of East King County and served 11 years on the Kirkland City Council, including four as Mayor. Owner of a retail wine store since 1985, Larry is proud of his family-run small business.
Larry began his career as an elementary school teacher, only to be drawn away by his passion for the art and intricacies of fine wine. After opening his store in Kirkland, Larry became involved in the community. As a small business owner, he felt that it was part of his responsibility to help revitalize the community and help it become not just a place to live, but a place to live well.
Since his first election to the Legislature in 2004, Larry has been an advocate for education, social responsibility, economic development and security, the arts, and creating “community.” His work was instrumental in bringing a Performing Arts Center to Kirkland. Larry was awarded the “End Hunger Award” at the 2014 Hunger Summit for his work in securing funding for Emergency Food Assistance Programs.
Larry has served as President of the Suburban Cities Association, is a member of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and serves the eastside community as a board member of HopeLink. As a City Council member and Mayor, Larry earned many awards, including the National Distinguished Leadership Award, and “Kirkland’s Favorite Elected Official.” He was named 2009 Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Larry and his wife enjoy spending time at their mountain cabin with their two golden retrievers.
Wife, Penny Sweet, stepson, Mark Evich
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Western Washington University – BA, Education
University of Oregon– MS, Family Counseling
Member, Hopelink Board
Member, Kirkland Chamber of Commerce
Member, Kirkland Downtown Association