Following… yet setting a distinct path…

Peggy Joan Mzxie

Peggy Joan Maxie born August 18, 1936 moved to Seattle in 1942 with her single mother. Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University in 1970. Through a stroke of fate, Peggy Maxie ran her first campaign for State House of Representatives 37th District while attending graduate school at the University of Washington. She became the first African American woman elected to public office in Washington State (1971-1982). She served as a legislator while completing her thesis on no-fault divorce law in 1972, which the legislature passed the following year. Ms. Maxie worked to keep the 37th district, Seattle’s mostly-black Central Area, from a devastating redistricting plan. In 1973, Peggy was the prime sponsor of the Landlord-Tenant Act, which established landlord responsibilities. Ms. Maxie chaired the higher education committee, helped fund the U of W School of Social Work and sponsored several education bills. In 1981, the University of Washington acknowledged her community workshops on participatory democracy, which she considered her greatest accomplishment.