|4th King County Executive|
January 1, 1986 –January 3, 1994
|Preceded by||Randy Revelle|
|Succeeded by||Gary Locke|
|Comptroller of Seattle|
January 1,1980 –January 1,1986
|Preceded by||Edward L. Kidd|
|Succeeded by||Norward J. Brooks|
|Member of the Seattle City Council |
for the 5th Position
January 1,1968 –January 1,1980
|Preceded by||Clarence F. Massart|
|Succeeded by||Jack Richards|
|Member of the WashingtonHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 44th district
January 9,1967 –December 1,1967
|Preceded by||Arnie Bergh|
|Succeeded by||Lon F. Backman|
Timothy Henry Hill
|Alma mater|| Whitman College (BA)|
University of Washington (JD)
Timothy Henry Hill (born August 23,1936) is an American lawyer and politician who has held numerous public offices in Washington,including two terms as King County Executive. He also served several years on the Seattle City Council,and in the Washington House of Representatives. Hill also lost numerous high-profile elections,including a 1992 race for United States Senate. He is a liberal Republican who,in 2006,referred to the contemporary Republican Party as being "far too conservative". Hill lives with his wife,Margot,in Seattle.
Hill was born on August 23,1936,in Paterson,New Jersey. His father was Henry C. Hill,an engineer at Curtiss-Wright who assisted with the design of the engine of the Boeing B-17,and his mother was Eleanor Sanford Hill. Hill was the second eldest of four siblings:Nancy,Don and Hunter. Due to his father’s work,the family spent two years in Pasadena,California,before moving to Seattle,Washington,in 1948. Hill studied at West Seattle High School and then attended Whitman College where,influenced by his roommate,he majored in political science. In 1958,he began studying at the University of Washington School of Law but dropped out twice,the first time to work for Boeing for six months and the second to travel around the Middle East for nine months in a Fiat. He rejoined the law school,becoming president of the student bar association and graduating in 1963.
Hill met Margot David,a nurse at Doctor's Hospital,on a blind date in 1961 and the couple married the following year. They had three children:Margaret,Robert and John.
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