John McCoy (politician)

John McCoy
Washington State Senator from Washington's 38th legislative district
Assumed office
November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Preceded by Nick Harper
Washington State Representative from Washington's 38th legislative district, Position 1
In office
January 13, 2003 (2003-01-13)  November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Preceded by Aaron Reardon
Succeeded by June Robinson
Personal details
Born John Richard McCoy
(1943-10-29) October 29, 1943
Tulalip, Washington
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janet Jean "Jeannie" McCoy
Residence Tulalip, Washington
Alma mater El Capitan High School
Profession Quil Ceda Village General manager
White House Computer technician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1961 1981 (20 years)

John Richard McCoy (born October 29, 1943) (Tulalip Tribes of Washington) is an American politician of the Democratic Party based in Washington state. In 2013 he was appointed to the State Senate to fill a vacancy and represents the 38th Legislative District. He previously served more than 10 years in the Washington House of Representatives (2003-2013).

McCoy is the only self-identified Native American in the state senate. In 2013, along with Jeff Morris (Tsimshian), he was one of the two Native Americans in the Washington State Legislature.[1] Several Native Americans are running for state representative seats in November 2016, some for re-election.


McCoy was born into a Tulalip Tribes family on the reservation. He attended local schools.

As an adult, he became active in tribal affairs. He served as general manager of Quil Ceda Village,[2] the tribe's new municipality established in 2001. It included a gaming casino and business park. In 2005 the tribe also opened a 125-store retail outlet, all part of its efforts to diversify the tribe's economy and provide new jobs.

Political career

McCoy had joined the Democratic Party and become active. In 2002 he ran for office as state representative and won. He served from 2003-2013, being re-elected several times.

In his fifth term in the state legislature, McCoy gained passage of a bill to establish a procedure "for the state to cede jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters on tribal lands to federal and tribal governments."[2] In 2013 he was chairman of the Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee; vice chairman of the Environment Committee; and member of the Education Committee.[2]

McCoy has also served as chairman of the executive committee of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators; there are 79 Native legislators in 18 states.[2]

Appointment to the State Senate

On November 27, 2013, the Snohomish County Council selected McCoy to fill the vacancy left when Senator Nick Harper resigned. McCoy was the leading vote-getter of the Democratic Precinct Committee Officers in Washington's 38th Legislative District.[3]

Awards and honors

McCoy received the 2009 Fuse "Sizzle" Award. He was honored with the 'Strong Man Award' for defending a citizens' clean energy initiative - Initiative-937 - from major rollbacks. He brought two sides of the legislature together on the issue to reach a workable compromise.[4]


  1. "7 Questions with John McCoy". Indian Country Today.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Richard Walker, "7 Questions with John McCoy, Washington State Representative", Indian Country Today, 16 January 2013; accessed 22 September 2016
  3. "McCoy appointed to fill Harper's state Senate seat". November 27, 2013.
  4. Fuse "Mother Jones" Award

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