Elected Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party in August 2013, Susan Hutchison brings to the office a wide range of skills and experience. She is best known in Western Washington as a distinguished TV news anchor, serving the Puget Sound region as a trusted broadcaster and community leader for more than three decades. For much of her career at KIRO-TV (CBS), she anchored the highest rated newscasts in Seattle, receiving numerous awards, including five Emmys for producing, writing, and reporting news and documentaries.
In 2009, Susan ran for King County Executive and won the primary in a crowded field. While the union-funded candidate prevailed, Susan is credited with inspiring positive change by articulating responsible and responsive government throughout her campaign.
For ten years, Susan was Executive Director of the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, where she led the philanthropic foundation in granting $100 million to arts organizations, science programs, and educational institutions.
Susan has been a devoted volunteer with numerous and diverse non-profit organizations. President George W. Bush appointed her to the board of the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. She just completed her term as Chair of Young Life and is a member of the board of Seattle Art Museum. In the past, she has served on the boards of Children’s Hospital, Salvation Army, Seattle Symphony as Chair, CRISTA/World Concern as Chair, and Discovery Institute.
At the request of the King County Executive, Susan served on the 10-member King County Independent Task Force on Elections which provided recommendations to the county and state to improve the fairness and accuracy of elections following the disputed 2004 governor’s election.
Susan has worked to improve the Seattle public schools and conceived and spearheaded an effective campaign to raise private money for public education. She is on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Seattle Colleges and has served on the Governor’s A+Commission, was an advisor for South Seattle Community College, served on the UW’s NCAA Committee for Compliance, and volunteered at her sons’ schools.
As the daughter of an Air Force Lt. General, and wife of a U.S. Marine Corps Colonel activated for the Iraq war, Susan’s patriotism runs deep. During the 2003 Iraq War, she worked with the Red Cross and the Marine Corps to help military families. She set up a scholarship in her husband’s name at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and personally raised $75k to fund it. Over the years, she has been a frequent keynote speaker for Veterans Day events.
Susan started her journalism career in 1978 as a sportscaster for KITV (ABC) in Honolulu. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Florida where she wrote a daily sports column for the college newspaper.
Susan has been married 40 years to her high school sweetheart, Andy, an executive at Boeing and they reside in Seattle. They have two grown sons. The family is active at Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church. She enjoys sculling on Lake Washington, hiking, and skiing. She is an art enthusiast and painter.
***PLEASE NOTE: Susan Hutchison’s title is Chairman (not “Chair,” and not “Chairwoman”), and that her last name is Hutchison (not “Hutchinson”).