PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington Gov. Gary Locke has reappointed Joe King of Ellensburg to the Washington State University Board of Regents.

King, a lobbyist and the former speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives, was originally appointed to the WSU board in 1996. He is a partner in the firm of King, Crowley and Company, a public affairs consultant firm. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the insurance and employee benefit field.

He served in the Washington State Legislature from 1980-92. During that time, he held the posts of chair of the Trade and Economic Development Committee and majority leader in the House of Representatives. Additionally, he was elected to serve three terms (1987-92) as speaker of the house. Regent King also serves on the Columbia River Economic Development Council and as a trustee for the Southwest Washington Medical Center, and previously served as chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Funding Higher Education.

He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Linfield College in 1967, and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in 1969.

King’s new six-year term begins Oct. 1.