Dino Rossi is a 3rd generation Washingtonian. The grandson of a Black Diamond coal miner and the son of a Seattle public school teacher and a beautician, Dino grew up in Snohomish County with his six siblings.
There was a lot of love in the Rossi household, but not a lot of money. Dino worked his way through college, taking jobs in construction and as a janitor waxing floors at the Space Needle to make ends meet. He graduated from Seattle University with a Business degree and went on to a successful career in commercial real estate. Dino is now a partner at the Coast Equity Partners real estate investment company.
As a State Senator, Dino has proven that it’s possible to be fiscally conservative and still have a social conscience. He’s received wide acclaim from members of both parties for his expertise on budget issues and for his ability to bring people together from all walks of life to solve problems for Washingtonians. While Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Dino crafted a bipartisan balanced budget that erased a massive deficit without raising taxes while still protecting our state’s most vulnerable citizens.
Dino has received eight awards from the developmentally disabled community for his legislative work on their behalf. He has also led other important legislative efforts in our state to require ignition interlock devices for chronic DUI offenders, to send criminals who molest children to prison for life after their second conviction, to punish drivers who leave the scene of an accident, and to save and rebuild the Issaquah salmon hatchery, just to name a few.
Service to our community has been an important part of Dino’s life. He was a longtime member and past Chair of the Board of Special Olympics Washington, and during his tenure as Chair Seattle was awarded the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Dino is also a member of the Deans Executive Advisory Board for the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University.
Dino and his wife Terry celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August. They reside in Sammamish and have four children aged 16 to 26.