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Steve O’Ban



28th District
Position 1
Pierce County

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About Steve

PERSONAL:
Raised by a single mom who taught kindergarten, Steve has lived in the district  for more than 40 years. Steve and his wife, Laurie, a TCC instructor, have two sons serving in the United States Army.

EDUCATION:
Attended the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 
As an attorney for more than 25 years, Steve has helped small business owners, nonprofits and individuals solve their legal problems. He has focused his trial practice on Civil Rights, Employment and Business.

  • Successfully defended 8,000 teachers’ First Amendment rights in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Successfully defended the First Amendment rights of an international, faith-based humanitarian nonprofit.
  • Successfully defended the rights of small business owners to decide what products to stock on their shelves without government interference.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Steve is a small business owner of a law firm that provides living wage jobs to 25 people.
  • He served on a LEOFF Plan I board
  • Steve worked as a public defender helping the poor who could not afford an attorney.
  • Steve volunteers at a legal clinic serving the homeless and is a board member of the Rescue Mission in Pierce County.
  • He is an elected leader in his church and was appointed to a local private school board.
  • He serves the poor on the Yakima Indian Reservation by leading and volunteering in an organization that provides new roofs, food, and tutoring for children.
  • He coached his sons UP baseball teams.

LEADERSHIP:

  • Assistant Floor Leader

AWARDS:

  • Legislator of the Week, Washington Housing Alliance, April 2013
  • Selected as a Superlawyer in five of the last six years