Mike Vaska is a community leader who will use his decades of experience as a successful attorney to protect the Evergreen State as Washington’s next Attorney General. He is a professional lawyer, not a professional politician, and will ensure the Attorney General’s office is focused on solving issues in our state.
Mike grew up as part of an immigrant soccer community in the Seattle suburbs of East King County, where his dad – who came to this country as a refugee – led the effort to develop youth soccer programs, including building fields and recruiting coaches. Mike’s dad brought his love of soccer with him when he immigrated to this country as a teenager, after he had been taken from his home and family during World War II to serve as slave labor for the Nazi regime.
The first in his family to go to college, Mike attended Stanford on a full financial aid scholarship, where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Daily newspaper. After graduation, he went to law school at the University of Chicago, where he was on the Law Review.
Mike returned home after law school to practice at Foster Pepper (now Foster Garvey), where he leads the firm’s consumer protection and antitrust practice. Mike has represented some of our region’s most successful companies, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for consumers in lawsuits against companies that are fixing prices. He was recently named a “legal lion” by a national publication for his work that resulted in a victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Community service has been a part of Mike’s life since early in his legal career, as he has served as a volunteer leader and helped tackle some of the region’s biggest challenges. He was a special deputy prosecuting attorney bringing crack cocaine dealers to justice. He led the effort to reduce by billions of dollars the cost of the region’s initial mass transit plan in the 1990’s, which was then approved by voters with an overwhelming margin. He was recognized with an award from the Municipal League of King County for his work.
Vaska served as a founding board member and eventually vice-chair of the not-for-profit online newspaper, Crosscut, as it developed an innovative model for providing news and commentary to our region. He also was a soccer coach for more than a decade in the Issaquah Soccer Club, and was a finalist for state recreational coach of the year.
For the last three years, Mike has been chair of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, a statewide organization that works to recruit, educate, and elect candidates with a pragmatic and common-sense approach to governing. He previously received the group’s Daniel Evans Environmental Achievement award. Vaska’s dedication to electing Republicans at all levels of government across the state has earned him the endorsement of former Washington State Attorneys General Slade Gorton and Rob McKenna in this race.
Mike and his wife Camille have been married for 27 years. Camille was raised in an Army family, went to high school and college in Tacoma, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Puget Sound. Camille has been active in the Issaquah school district as a leader in the PTSA and Issaquah Schools Foundation, and is a manager in the health care field. They have two sons who will be attending graduate school this fall, one for a PhD in Economics and the other a Masters in Robotics.