Kent Pullen
Chair of the King County Council
In office
January 1, 1994 – January 1, 1996
Preceded byAudrey Gruger
Succeeded byJane Hague
Member of King County Council
from the 9th district
In office
January 1, 1990 – April 14, 2003
Preceded byGary Grant
Succeeded bySteve Hammond
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 47th district
In office
January 13, 1975 – January 2, 1990
Preceded byMartin Durkan
Succeeded byMichael E. Patrick
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 47th district
In office
January 8, 1973 – January 13, 1975
Preceded byGary Grant
Succeeded byMarion Kyle Sherman
Personal details
Born(1942-05-04)May 4, 1942
New Mexico, U.S.
DiedApril 14, 2003(2003-04-14) (aged 60)
Political partyRepublican

Kent E. Pullen (May 4, 1942 – April 14, 2003) was a Washington state politician in the Republican party.

Pullen held political office for over 30 years. In 1972 he was elected to the Washington House of Representatives. In 1974 he was elected to the Washington State Senate representing the 47th District, and re-elected in 1978, 1982, and 1986. In 1989 he was elected to the King County Council representing the 9th Council District, and re-elected in 1993, 1997, and 2001.[1]

Pullen supported labor, small government, low taxes, private property rights, victims of crime, and natural medicine.[2] He assisted in establishing the King County Natural Medicine Clinic in Kent, Washington, the first government-subsidized natural medicine clinic in the United States.[3] He especially supported gun rights, and had the nickname of "pistol-packin' Pullen".[4]

In 1967, Pullen graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. When the state legislature was not in session he worked at Boeing, and was a former councilman in the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). Pullen was an avid chess player, and tied for first place in the 1985 Washington State Chess Championship.[5]

Pullen was married for 39 years, and is survived by his wife Fay and two children, Kathy and Walter. After his death, the King County Regional Communication and Emergency Coordination Center (RCECC) was named after him.[6]


  1. ^ "Kent Pullen". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ "Seattle Area Giving Natural Medicine A Chance to Come In From theFringe -". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ "Local News | Kent Pullen Pulls No Punches -- Pistol-Packin' Days Gone, But Councilman's Still Hard To Corral | Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "WA State Chess Champions". Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  5. ^ "Council Renames Regional Communications and Emergency Coordination Center in honor of Kent Pullen". Archived from the original on August 5, 2003. Retrieved 2013-09-18.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)