A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley) in the 2011 Washington General Election
City: Spokane Valley, WA
Occupation: Retired district court judge
A longtime Spokane Valley lawyer who was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1980, Padden served seven terms in the Legislature before being appointed Spokane County District Court judge in 1995. He’s married with five grown sons.
Padden sought appointment to the seat in January but was excluded from the list of nominees forwarded to Spokane County commissioners when backers of state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, stacked the nomination process.