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Cal Anderson

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Preceded by  Janice Niemi
Role  Politician
Preceded by  Janice Niemi
Party  Democratic Party
Political party  Democratic
Succeeded by  Pat Thibaudeau
Name  Cal Anderson

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Full Name  Calvin B. Anderson
Born  May 2, 1948 (1948-05-02)
Died  August 4, 1995, Seattle, Washington, United States
Residence  Seattle, Washington, United States

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Calvin Bruce "Cal" Anderson (May 2, 1948 – August 4, 1995) was an American politician. A Democrat, he served in both chambers of the Washington State Legislature, representing the 43rd Legislative District in Pos. 1 in the State House of Representatives, as well as in the State Senate. Anderson was Washington's first openly gay legislator.


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Anderson served in Vietnam before his political career where he won two Bronze Star Medals and four Army Commendation Medals. On November 9, 1987, Anderson was appointed to a state house vacancy by King County Council, becoming Washington state's first openly gay legislator. He represented the 43rd legislative district, focused on downtown Seattle. In November 1994, he was elected to the Washington State Senate, taking office in January 1995. He served only briefly in the Senate, dying on August 4, 1995 of AIDS. Future Seattle mayor Ed Murray served as his campaign manager during the 1988 legislative race.

On April 10, 2003, Seattle's Broadway Park was renamed Cal Anderson Park in his honor.


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