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Joel Pritchard

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Joel Pritchard
Senator Joel M. Pritchard, 1967.jpg
14th Lieutenant Governor of Washington
In office
January 11, 1989 – January 15, 1997
GovernorBooth Gardner
Mike Lowry
Preceded byJohn Cherberg
Succeeded byBrad Owen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byThomas M. Pelly
Succeeded byJohn R. Miller
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 36th district
In office
January 9, 1967 – January 11, 1971
Preceded byCharles P. Moriarty, Jr.
Succeeded byJohn S. Murray
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 36th district
In office
January 12, 1959 – January 9, 1967
Preceded byGladys Kirk
Succeeded byJohn S. Murray
Personal details
BornMay 5, 1925
Seattle, Washington
DiedOctober 9, 1997(1997-10-09) (aged 72)
Olympia, Washington
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionPolitician, businessman
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1944–1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

Joel McFee Pritchard (May 5, 1925 – October 9, 1997) was an American Republican politician from Washington. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Washington.

Pritchard was born in Seattle, Washington to Frank, Sr. and Jean Pritchard on May 5, 1925. He attended public schools as a child and attended Marietta College from 1946 to 1947. At the rank of Sergeant, he served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and was president of the Griffin Envelope Company in Seattle from 1948 to 1971. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1956 that renominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for the presidency.

He was elected to the Washington House of Representatives representing Washington's thirty-sixth district in 1958, where he served from 1959 to 1967, being reelected in 1960, 1962 and 1964. In the state house, he worked closely with future U.S. Senators Daniel J. Evans and Slade Gorton.

In 1966, he was elected to the Washington State Senate, where he served a single term from 1967 to 1971. In 1970 Pritchard, a member of Washington Citizens for Abortion Reform (WCAR), introduced a bill allowing abortions in the first four months of pregnancy; it was approved and went to the voters as Referendum 20. The measure was approved statewide by voters in November 1970, making Washington the first state to in which abortion was legalized by a popular vote.[1]

In 1970, Pritchard ran for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Washington's first district, challenging nine-term incumbent Thomas Pelly in the Republican primary. Pelly was renominated, but by a smaller margin than anyone expected.[2]

In 1972, Pelly retired and Pritchard ran for the U.S. House of Representatives again, this time successfully, defeating opponents John Hempleman and Craig Honts in a closely contested election. He was easily reelected in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982, serving from 1973 to 1985. He chose not to run for reelection in 1984.

In 1988, he made a successful run for Lieutenant Governor of Washington, becoming president of the Washington Senate. He was reelected in 1992 and served from 1989 to 1997.

After the end of his second term as Lieutenant Governor, Pritchard went into retirement and became a board member of TVW, Washington's public affairs network. He died on October 9, 1997 in Olympia, Washington, of lymphoma.[3]

Along with a few of his friends, Pritchard invented the game of pickleball at his summer home on Bainbridge Island in 1965.[4]

Electoral history

  • 1992 General Election for Lieutenant Governor of Washington[5]
  • 1988 General Election for Lieutenant Governor of Washington
  • 1982 General Election for U.S. House of Representatives
    • Joel Pritchard (R) (inc.), 123,956
    • Brian Long (D), 59,444
  • 1980 General Election for U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1978 General Election for U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1976 General Election for U.S. House of Representatives
    • Joel Pritchard (R) (inc.), 161,354
    • Dave Wood (D), 58,006
  • 1974 General Election for U.S. House of Representatives
    • Joel Pritchard (R) (inc.), 108,391
    • Will Knedlik (D), 44,655
  • 1972 General Election for U.S. House of Representatives
    • Joel Pritchard (R), 107,581
    • John Hempleman (D), 104,959
    • Craig Honts (SW), 1,401


  1. ^
  2. ^ Joel M. Pritchard: An Oral History
  3. ^
  4. ^ Lyons, Gil (August 24, 1990). "Pickle-ball: Founders of game say paddle sport simply is a barrel of fun". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  5. ^
  6. ^
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas M. Pelly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1985
Succeeded by
John R. Miller
Political offices
Preceded by
John Cherberg
Lieutenant Governor of Washington
January 11, 1989 – January 15, 1997
Succeeded by
Brad Owen
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