Senator Keith Wagoner serves Washington’s 39th Legislative District, which spans parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties. He was selected by a unanimous vote of electors on January 3, 2018.
Keith grew up on a goat farm in Alger, Washington, graduating from Burlington-Edison High School with the Class of 1979.
A retired U.S. Navy Commander, he attended Washington State University until receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating from Annapolis in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical oceanography, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing Marine Officer Training at Quantico, Virginia, he accepted an inter-service transfer to the Navy flight training program at Pensacola, Florida, earning his pilot’s Wings of Gold in 1986.
As a naval aviator, he flew CH-53E Super Stallion and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters during the next 23 years of his career. Keith and his wife Wen were stationed in Sicily, Okinawa, Guam, Seoul and Tokyo, among many other duty stations.
Keith retired and returned to Skagit County in 2007 where he served as mayor of Sedro-Woolley for two years after five years on the city council.
He holds a master’s degree in global leadership from the University of San Diego.
The Wagoners have three adult children.