WHC Biographical Profile
Marjorie Pitter King
Marjorie Pitter King served as State Representative, 37th district, from 1965 to
1966. A graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., Ms. King worked in the
Pentagon during WWII and fought to seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
at the 1964 National Democratic convention.
- YMCA, board member.
- Washington State Women’s Civil Rights Committee.
- Seattle Urban League, board member.
- Luther Human Relations Institute
- Involved in community and church activities, especially dealing with civil rights
for women and minorities.
- Organized youth activities within the Democratic Party
Past and Present Affiliations
- Alpha Omicron Chapter, president
- Delta Sigma Sorority , president of the Alpha Omicron Chapter
- Ann T. O’Donnell Democratic Women’s Club
- Inter Greek Association
- Black Heritage Society of Washington State
Legislative & State Service
- Appointed September 2, 1965 to serve unexpired term for Ann O’Donnell, deceased.
- First black woman to serve in the legislature.
- First African-American to be appointed to the legislature.
- Lost in the 1966 primary election for the same legislative seat.
Leadership, Positions & Appointments
- 37th District Democratic Party, chair
- King County Democratic Party, vice-chair, served on the rules, credentials and platform
- Metropolitan Democratic Central Committee, president
- Washington Federation of Democratic Women Inc., treasurer
- Metropolitan Democratic Women’s Club of Seattle and King County, president
- State Democratic Party Platform Committees