Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) is the current governor of the state of Washington. She is a Democrat. Gregoire was elected governor in 2004, and re-elected in 2008. She has also served as Washington's Attorney General (1996-2004). She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gonzaga University law school. Gregoire is a breast cancer survivor.
During her 2008 re-election campaign the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Gov. Gregoire was benefiting from more than $650,000 in political contributions from Washington tribes after she killed a gambling contract potentially worth $140 million. One expert cited in the Times report called the money a "payoff."
On July 6, 2000 Mother Jones reported that then Attorney General Gregoire received major contributions from trial lawyers who benefited from her involvement in the landmark tobacco settlements.
On August 23, 2004 the Seattle Times reported that Gregoire had been a member of an all-white sorority at the University of Washington.