Mayor Mike Parker Papers

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Mayor Mike Parker Papers


  • 1972 - 1985 (Creation)


19 boxes, 1 bound item
(19 cubic feet)

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Mike Parker was born in Renton, Washington on May 23, 1947. He became the youngest legislator in Washington state history when he was elected to the State House of Representatives at age 26. He ran for U.S. Congress in 1976, but lost to fellow Democrat Norm Dicks in the primary. The following year, he launched his mayoral campaign. On November 8, 1977, he defeated state senator Lorraine Wojahn to become the youngest Mayor ever elected in Tacoma at age 30. Parker is most known for his role in developing plans and gathering support for the Tacoma Dome. He also played a key role in establishing a Tacoma Police Department motorcycle fleet and successfully lobbying the state Department of Transportation to include Tacoma in signage and branding for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. After his term as Mayor, he ran to become the first Pierce County Executive, but lost to Booth Gardner. He went on to pursue a career in the broadcast industry. At the time of his death in 2019, he was survived by his wife Maria and children Michael, Jr. Jeffrey, David, Dianna, and Sara along with seven grandchildren.

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Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, and photographs related to Mike Parker's political career as Mayor of Tacoma and as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. Extensive subject files were established by Parker's office and contain correspondence, studies, newspaper clippings, and reports on topics of relevance to his work. Also included are correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and legislative documents.

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Materials are arranged into several series. The Subject Files have mostly retained the headings and organizational structure established by Parker's office prior to transfer. These have been arranged alphabetically. In some cases, files with the same headings were combined or loose papers related to that subject were added. Other series are arranged chronologically or by subject.

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Duplicates and materials determined to have low research value (including receipts, blank forms, and empty notebooks) were removed during processing.


An accrual of six cubic feet was received in 2001.

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