James McIntire was elected as Washington's 22nd State Treasurer in 2008. Prior to this election, he was a successful business economist for Navigant Consulting Inc. McIntire earned his PhD in economics at the University of Washington, where he founded and directed a fiscal policy center and taught economics for 25 years. He began his political career working in the U.S. Senate for Hubert Humphrey, and served as a policy advisor to congressional committee chairmen and Washington governors. He has chaired statewide boards for economic development and nonprofit housing. As a five-term State Representative, McIntire provided leadership on several financial committees. He sponsored the first state law making identity theft a crime, a constitutionally protected, "Rainy Day Account," performance audits, priorities of government budgeting, and the new Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. During a budget shortfall, McIntire helped to re-enact the estate tax and raise cigarette taxes to pay for schools and children's health care. As State Treasurer, McIntire has focused his attention on the safety and security of public funds, the integration of sound financial management throughout state government, and the need for long-term financial planning to meet the education and transportation needs of Washington's economy.
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