King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn has spent his legal career fighting to make our communities safer through his leadership on criminal justice policy, his work as a federal prosecutor, and his dedication to providing legal representation to those in our community most in need. Reagan was first appointed to the King County Council in February 2005 to fill the vacancy created by Rob McKenna’s election as Washington State Attorney General. Reagan was then elected in November 2005 and re-elected in 2009 with
78 percent of the vote. He now represents nearly 215,000 citizens in Southeast King County.Reagan is the Chair of the Regional Transit Committee, as well as the Chairman of the King County Flood Control District and Executive Board. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee (TrEE.)Reagan’s many accomplishments as a leader in King County include working to support statewide bail reform for dangerous defendants following the tragic murders of four Lakewood Police Officers in 2009. Reagan served as the statewide Executive Director of the Remember Lakewood Referendum Campaign (HJSR 4220), which amended the Washington State Constitution.
Reagan is also helping to lead the fight against human trafficking. Reagan recently sponsored an anti-human trafficking measure that launched a public awareness campaign against this form of modern day slavery. This campaign uses Metro transit ads, County
websites, bill boards and a helpline to raise awareness and reach out to victims and the public.
Another piece of important legislation Reagan sponsored in 2012 created an internship program for Veterans within county government. This program, called the HERO Program (Heroes Employment Reintegration Opportunity), is open to King County veterans.
Reagan also has championed transparency in government, fought to prevent cyber bullying, and labored to reduce recidivism for offenders being released into the community. He has also worked to lower taxes, protect our environment and keep our communities safe across King County.Before working as a federal prosecutor, Reagan served in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC in January 2001. At DOJ, Reagan worked in a variety of capacities including serving as the first National Coordinator and co-author for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide effort to reduce gun violence through enhanced prosecution. From this post, Reagan served on the Executive Committee of the Attorney General's Task Force on Gun Violence and Chaired the Justice Department’s Firearms Enforcement Assistance Team. Project Safe Neighborhoods remains a key priority of DOJ today and has been credited across the nation for reducing incidents of gun violence.
Concurrent with his programmatic responsibilities for Project Safe Neighborhoods, Reagan had significant management responsibilities at DOJ. He worked as one of about sixty officials at “Main Justice” on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, working closely with the Attorney General and the Department’s senior leadership. During most of Reagan’s tenure in Washington, he held the title of Senior
Counsel to the Director for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). EOUSA oversees the largest group of public lawyers in the United States, providing administration and support to all 93 U.S. Attorneys offices across the nation. EOUSA serves more than 20,000 lawyers nationwide and Reagan served in one of the agencies most senior posts.
Like many Americans following September 11, 2001, Reagan lent a hand in the fight against terrorism. He worked as a DOJ delegate on the President’s Task Force on Citizen Preparedness and was actively involved in the formulation of USA Freedom Corps and Citizen Corps. He helped to design and launch the V.I.P.S. Program (Volunteers in Police Service) and led efforts to expand the National
Neighborhood Watch Program to include the fight against terrorism. Reagan also participated in the investigation of Zacharias Moussaoui in the Eastern District of Virginia, sometimes referred to as the 20th Hijacker.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Reagan lived in Bellevue, Washington, and practiced law for several years with the law firm, Inslee, Best, Doezie & Ryder, P.S. While working in Bellevue, he represented many small businesses and also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Eastside Business Alliance. Reagan is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all Washington State and federal courts.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University, Reagan attended the University of Washington School of Law, where he graduated in 1998 with a Juris Doctorate, Order of Barristers. He was selected as a member and Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Board. During Law School he was a judicial aid to the Honorable Barbara Durham, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Washington.
Throughout his career, Reagan has dedicated his time to providing legal representation to those in our community most in need. He currently sits on the Washington State Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee and was a board member of the Eastside Legal Assistance Program — providing pro bono representation to victims of Domestic Violence. He also served on the Board of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, an emergency food program located in Seattle. Reagan is also a member on the National Association of County Officials Law and Justice Committee and serves on the Board of the Eastside Heritage Center. Reagan also sits on the Board of Directors of the Bellevue Schools Foundation and is the Chairman of the Board of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute. Reagan enjoys teaching, and has been a frequent instructor on criminal law. He has taught numerous times at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina for the
National District Attorneys’ Association and DOJ’s Office of Legal Education.
Reagan’s commitment to public service has not gone unnoticed. In 2009, he was one of twelve Republicans nationwide to be selected by the Aspen Institute to the Institute’s prestigious Rodel Fellowship program. He shares this distinction with only one other Republican in Washington State (Rob McKenna, class of 2007).
In 2002, Reagan received the Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievement award by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for significant contributions to the fight against gun violence in America; in 2003 he was recognized by EUOSA for his dedication and contribution to the agency; in 2005 he received an award for his outstanding service and Dedication to the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington.