About Rep. Paul Graves
Paul Graves is a lifelong Washingtonian with a passion for public service. A Maple Valley native, Paul attended Tahoma public schools before graduating from Western Washington University. After earning his law degree and masters in philosophy from Duke University, Paul served as a law clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice James Johnson and then worked as an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, one of the most respected law firms in the state. Paul now serves as general counsel to a family-owned trucking company in Auburn, and maintains a substantial pro bono practice representing foster kids in trial courts. For his work, Paul was named the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by King County’s leading foster youth advocacy organization.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Paul served as the founding board member of one of the state’s first public charter schools. He is also active in Snoqualmie Rotary, the Maple Valley/Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce, both the state and King County bar associations, and in his church.
Sworn into office in 2016, Paul represents the 5th District, which includes Issaquah, Maple Valley, Snoqualmie, Fall City, North Bend, Black Diamond, and Carnation. His legislative priorities include working for excellent schools, getting traffic moving, making Washington the number one state in the country to start and grow a business, and holding state government accountable for the money it spends and the policies it implements.
Paul, his wife Jenny, son Chad, and three dogs – Edith, Buhner, and Auggie – live in Fall City. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, reading, playing and watching sports, and spending time with his family and friends.