Tom Bjorgen is many things, but right now he is a candidate for the State Court of Appeals, Division 2 District II.
In his 33-year legal career, Bjorgen worked as state Assistant Attorney General, as counsel in the State Legislature, and as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Thurston County. He wrote briefs for cases before the United States Supreme Court, and argued cases before other federal courts, the Washington State Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals. Later, he went into private practice, representing public and private clients and serving as a legal mediator and arbitrator. Currently, he is the Hearing Examiner for Thurston County and the cities of Olympia and DuPont, where he judges legal disputes about property development.
Bjorgen was born in Yakima, and while growing up he worked in the orchards and packing plants. He graduated from Washington State University with high honors, worked as a park ranger at Mt. Rainier, and taught in public schools in Norway, before earning his law degree from the University of Washington. Bjorgen served on the board of the Nisqually River Basin Land Trust and the Washington Environmental Council, helped establish the Volunteer Legal Clinic in Olympia, has been active in state and local bar associations, and was a long-time volunteer at a local kitchen for the homeless. He is married and lives near Olympia. In his free time, Thomas enjoys hiking, climbing, and traveling.