She has been on the bench 17 years; governor will appoint a successor, who would face election in the 2020 primary.

Judge Kirsten Thompson has announced she will retire Feb. 1 after 17 years as a Washington County judge.

Gov. Kate Brown is accepting applications for the appointment. The appointee will have to run in the May 2020 primary to retain Position 2 for a full six-year term. Judgeships are nonpartisan.

Thompson was appointed a circuit judge by Gov. John Kitzhaber in March 2002, and was elected in 2002, 2008 and 2014. She has been presiding judge of the court, which now has 15 judges; a new position was filled in the May 15 primary.

She spent 11 years in private practice before her appointment to the court.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish from Whitworth College in 1980, and her law degree from Lewis & Clark College in 1984.

She then spent one year as a law clerk with the Portland firm of Kulongoski, Durham, Drummonds & Colombo. Two of its principals were future justices of the Oregon Supreme Court — Ted Kulongoski, later elected governor in 2002, and Robert Durham.

She was a staff attorney for Oregon Legal Services in 1986-87, then emergency services coordinator for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Clackamas County Social Services in 1988-90.

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