Rep. Roger Goodman’s Biography

Roger lives in Kirkland with his daughter Vivian and his son Felix.

Harvard University, M.P.A. (Kennedy School of Government), 1996-1998
The George Washington University, J.D., 1983-1986
Dartmouth College, A.B., also awarded Senior Fellowship, 1979-1983
U. of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), visiting research associate, 1981

Professional Experience:

  • Executive Director, Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission, 1998-2000
  • National Association of Sentencing Commissions Board, 1999-2000
  • Washington State Law and Justice Advisory Council, 1998-2000
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Rick Boucher (VA), 1993-1995
  • Legislative Director and Counsel, U.S. Representative Bob Wise (WV), 1989-1993
  • Legal staff, Democratic National Committee, 1988
  • Attorney, Tillinghast, Collins & Graham, Providence, RI, 1986-1988

Current Work:

  • Criminal Justice Policy Consultant, King County Bar Association
  • Appointed Member, King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board
  • Chair, Joint Legislative Affairs and Public Advocacy Committee, King County Mental Health Advisory Board and King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Substance Abuse Advisory Committee


  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries – Pacific Northwest Legislator of the Year Award, 2013
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Legislator of the Year Award, 2013
  • Century Council – Recognition of Leadership in the Fight Against Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking, 2013
  • King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Norm Maleng Public Policy and Systems Change Award, 2012
  • Towing and Recovery Association – Legislator of the Year Award, 2012
  • Early Learning Action Alliance – Gold Crayon Award, 2010, 2012
  • Children’s Alliance – Champion for Children Award, 2008, 2010
  • Cascade Water Alliance – In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership, 2009
  • National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration – Safety Champion Award, 2008
  • District and Municipal Court Judge’s Association – Outstanding Legislator Award, 2008
  • Washington State Association for Headstart and ECEAP – Exemplary Leadership Award, 2008
  • Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention – Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award, 2007

Local Activities and Affiliations:

  • President, Lakeview Neighborhood Association, Kirkland, 2001-2003
  • Board Member, Hopelink
  • Board Member, Norkirk Neighborhood Association, Kirkland, 2004
  • Member, Kirkland Heritage Society, since 2003
  • Kirkland-Redmond Unit Leader, League of Women Voters, since 2000
  • Volunteer Attorney, Eastside Legal Clinic, since 2001
  • Regional and State Activities and Affiliations
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Public Health Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Democratic Club
  • Rotary Club – University District
  • Charter Board Member, Rainier Institute
  • Board Member, Marie Institute, affiliated with U. of Washington.