WHC Biographical Profile
Peggy Joan Maxie
Peggy Joan Maxie served as Washington State Representative in King County's 37th
district from 1971 to 1983. Ms. Maxie graduated from Seattle University with a degree
in Psychology and received her MSW (Masters in Social Work) from the University
of Washington. Her professional career included work at the Office of the Attorney
General Office of the Attorney General, Seattle Urban League and Seattle University.
She currently manages Peggy Maxie and Associates, an employee assistance and mental
health counseling firm.
- Helped to raise a half million dollars for Neighbor in Need Hunger Drive.
- Initiated and Coordinated three workshops to help interested parties better understand
the legislative process—combined effort attracted over 600 participants.
- Served on Mayor’s Committee to Select a New Police Chief.
- Served on Advisory board of Puget Sound Big Sisters.
Past and Present Affiliations
Seattle Executives Association; National Association of Social Workers; Employee
Assistance Professional Association; United States Tennis Association; National
Rehabilitation Counseling Association; League of Women Voters; Board Member of Capital
Hill Chamber of Commerce; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Epsilon Sorority; Ladies Auxiliary,
Knights of Peter Claver; Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
- Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree Received from St. Martin’s College.
- Featured in The Washington Story—a History of Our State, published
by the Board of Directors of Seattle Public Schools.
- Certificate for Contributing to Minority Student Affairs/Special Service Program,
by Seattle University’s Director, David S. Thomas.
- Listed in: the Manchester Who’s Who 2005-2006 Registry; The National Distinguished
Service Registry for Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation; the International Who’s
Who of Intellectuals, Cambridge, England; Personality of the West and Midwest; Who’s
Who Among Black Americans; Who’s Who in American Politics; Who’s Who in Government.
Legislative & State Service
- First black woman elected to serve in the Washington State Legislature (House of
- 1971 Committees: Appropriations; Higher Education; Local Government
- 1973 Committees: Higher Education, chairperson; Judiciary
- 1975 Committees: Higher Education, chairperson; Judiciary
- 1977 Committees: Appropriations; Insurance; Rules
- 1979 Committees: Appropriations; Insurance; Rules
- 1981 Committees: Education; General Government-Appropriations; Rules.
- Assistance for financially destitute community people.
- Accessibility and affordability of higher education.
- Financial Aid for Work-Study Students.
- Fairness in Legal Relationships Between Landlords and Tenants.
- Creative Ways to Encourage Participation In and a Greater Understanding of the Legislative
Leadership, Positions & Appointments
- Appointed by the Speaker and confirmed by the House of Representatives to represent
the Democratic Women at the National Conference of Women in Pocono, PA, sponsored
by the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Center for the American Woman and Politics,
- Appointed by the Speaker and confirmed by the House of Representatives to the National
Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Information Needs Committee.
- Appointed by the Speaker and confirmed by the House of Representatives to the Joint
Higher Educational Committee (House and Senate).
- Served on the System Evaluation and Improvement Study Committee of the Higher Education
- Appointed by the Speaker and confirmed by the House of Representatives to be a Voting
Member of the Council on Higher Education.