Reagan Dunn
Member of the King County Council
Personal details
Reagan Blackburn Dunn

1971 (age 52–53)
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Paige Green
(m. 2006; div. 2015)
Ashley Wilson
(m. 2019)
RelativesJennifer Dunn (mother)
EducationArizona State University (BA)
University of Washington (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Reagan Blackburn Dunn[1] (born 1971)[2] is an American politician and lawyer who is a member of the nonpartisan King County Council, representing District 9 in Southeast King County, Washington. District 9 includes the cities of Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton, Maple Valley, Covington, Black Diamond, and Enumclaw, as well as large unincorporated areas.[3]

Prior to his service on the King County Council, Dunn was a federal prosecutor and Presidential appointee in the US Department of Justice.[4] As Senior Counsel to the Director for the Executive Executive Office for United States Attorneys, he helped create Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national initiative against gun violence.

Early life and education

He is a son of former U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, who primarily raised Dunn and his brother. He was named after former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and grew up in Bellevue, Washington.[2] Dunn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University.[5] In 1998, he earned his Juris Doctor from University of Washington School of Law.


After graduating from law school, Dunn joined the law firm of Inslee, Doezie & Ryder, P.S. in Bellevue.

In 2001, Dunn was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) as senior counsel to the director for the Executive Executive Office for United States Attorneys. In this capacity, he was the first national coordinator of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which he helped to author.

He later served as counsel to the assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs and attorney advisor for the Department of Justice's Office of Public Affairs.

Following the September 11 attacks, Dunn was a Department of Justice delegate on President Bush's Task Force on Citizen Preparedness, where he helped form the USA Freedom Corps, Citizen Corps, and the Volunteers in Police Service Program and led efforts to expand the National Neighborhood Watch Program to include terrorism awareness. Dunn also participated in the investigation of Zacharias Moussaoui in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Dunn was appointed to the King County Council in 2005, and elected to the position that same year.[6]

In 2012, he ran for Attorney General of Washington. He received 47 percent of the vote, losing the election to Bob Ferguson.[7]

On November 29, 2021, Dunn launched an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th district against two-term incumbent Democrat Kim Schrier in 2022.[8]

Personal life

Dunn lives in Covington, Washington, with his wife Ashley. He has two children from a previous marriage.[9]

In 2014, Dunn pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.[10] In 2022, he first spoke publicly about his past struggles with alcoholism, crediting his journey to sobriety with inspiring him to advocate for public policy that helps people in recovery.[11]

Electoral history

November 2005 King County Council District #9 General
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Reagan Dunn 36,947 62.14
Democratic Shirley A. Gaunt-Smith 22,283 37.47
N/A Write-in 232 0.39
November 2009 King County Council District #9 General
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Reagan Dunn 44,000 77.19
Nonpartisan Beverly Harison Tonda 12,820 22.49
N/A Write-in 179 .31
November 2012 Washington State Attorney General - General Election[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Ferguson 1,564,443 53.48
Republican Reagan Dunn 1,361,010 46.52


  1. ^ "Reagan Blackburn Dunn · King County Council · 516 3rd Ave Rm 1200, Seattle, WA 98104-3272".
  2. ^ a b Young, Bob (2012-10-11). "Attorney general's race: Republican Dunn carves his own path". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  3. ^ "2021 King County Redistricting Committee Report". King County. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Reagan Dunn". Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  5. ^ "User Profile". AGLN - Aspen Global Leadership Network. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  6. ^ "Reagan Dunn to run for County Council". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. 2005-01-08. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  7. ^ staff, Seattle Times (2012-07-21). "The Times endorses Reagan Dunn for state attorney general". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  8. ^ Brunner, Jim (November 29, 2021). "King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn to challenge Rep. Kim Schrier in Washington's 8th District". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "About Reagan". 9 January 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  10. ^ Miletich, Steve (18 September 2014). "King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleads guilty to DUI". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  11. ^ "As he runs for Congress, Reagan Dunn recounts battle with alcoholism, and his recovery". The Seattle Times. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  12. ^ Washington attorney general election, 2012, Ballotpedia. Accessed online 2012-11-24