Michael Patrick McGinn was elected the 52nd mayor of Seattle in November of 2009 and served until 2013.
Mayor McGinn has been active in politics, law, and environmental advocacy since graduating college. He received his bachelor's degree, in economics, from Williams College in Massachusetts, and then worked for Oregon Democratic Congressman Jim Weaver as a legislative aide. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington Law School, he served as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, where he led campaigns to provide better housing and health benefits for students.
After graduating from law school, McGinn joined the Seattle law firm Stokes Lawrence and later became partner. He chaired the local chapter of the Sierra Club, where he oversaw work on state and local issues, and served on the organization's national political committee.
McGinn left the law firm to found Great City - a Seattle nonprofit that brought together neighbors, environmentalists and business leaders advocating for smart and responsible urbanism as the solution to many local, economic and environmental challenges.
In 2007 McGinn led a grassroots campaign to defeat a "Roads and Transit" ballot measure that would have required Seattle to help pay for 180 miles of suburban highways. The following year he worked to help pass the Sound Transit ballot measure to expand light rail. In 2008 McGinn co-chaired the Seattle Parks for All campaign that resulted in voter approval of the city's parks levy.
Before being elected mayor, McGinn also served on many neighborhood and environmental advisory committees, including the Green Ribbon Commission, Transportation Advisory Committee and Urban Sustainability Advisory Panel.
As one of six children growing up on Long Island, New York, Mayor McGinn was raised by educators: His mother was a school principal, his father the director of community services for their school district.