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Gregoire Reflects On 8 Years In Office

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - When Gov. Chris Gregoire took office eight years ago, it was against a backdrop of a contested election that led to two recounts and a court challenge.
    
Gregoire, a Democrat, recently recalled that some Republicans turned their backs on her during her inaugural address in the House chambers in January 2005, and that occasionally people she encountered in public would say "revote" to her face.
    
Since then, Gregoire has seen a series of years marked by budget shortfalls and cuts to state programs, she went to Iraq to visit with troops from Washington state, and changed her position on same-sex marriage, speaking out in favor of it last year and signing it into law, an action later upheld by voters.
    
She said that among the things she is most proud of is her work on early childhood education, as well as her dozen trade missions to places like China and India in her effort to position the state internationally to compete.

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