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Timeline of Chris Gregoire's life and legacy

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March 24 -- Born, Chris O'Grady, in Auburn, Wash.

Appointed director of the Department of Ecology by Gov. Booth Gardner

Elected state attorney general

Re-elected to second term as attorney general

Settlement reached in states' lawsuit against major tobacco companies. Gregoire was one of five attorneys general to negotiate deal which became final in 1998

Re-elected to third term as attorney general

Announced candidacy for governor
Diagnosed with breast cancer, she had surgery and recovered

Nov. 2 -- General election
Dec. 30 -- Gregoire certified as winner in third recount of ballots

Jan. 11 -- Republican-led effort to delay seating of governor fails
Jan. 12 -- Delivers inaugural address
April -- Negotiates passage of transportation package featuring 9.5 cents a gallon gas tax increase
June 6 -- Chelan County judge denies election challenge; Rossi concedes
July -- Department of Transportation made a cabinet agency
Oct. 31 -- 1st press release issued identifying her as 'Chris' Gregoire, rather than Christine Gregoire
Nov. 8 -- Voters reject Initiative 912, retain the gas tax increase

Jan. 31 -- Signs law banning discrimination against any person because of their sexual orientation.

Nov. 20 – Four rusting Steel Electric class of state ferries pulled from service due to mounting safety concerns
December – Flooding closes I-5 in Chehalis

Sept. 28 – Stock market tumbles by nearly 778 points, the largest single-day point loss in U.S. history
Nov. 4 – Wins re-election, defeats Dino Rossi

Nov. 29 – Four Lakewood police officers slain in coffee shop

Jan. 29, Corrections officer Jayme Biendl strangled to death in chapel of Washington State Reformatory

Jan. 5 – Washington Supreme Court rules in McCleary v. State that the state is not amply funding the basic education of students in public schools
Feb. 13 – Signs law legalizing marriage for same-sex couples

Jan. 15 – Scheduled to deliver final State of the State Address
Jan. 16 – Last day in office

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