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Celebration of Life for Former Senator George Fleming Postponed

Postponed until February 27, 2022, 1pm

University of Washington Husky Stadium,

Don James Center

Senator George Fleming, a groundbreaking Washington State legislator and University of Washington Husky football legend, died on December 6, 2021, at age 83. For safety reasons, the Celebration of Life to honor and celebrate Senator George Fleming’s legacy will be postponed until February 27, 2022, starting promptly at 1:00 pm, at the University of Washington Husky Stadium Don James Center. Due to limited capacity, if you wish to attend the Celebration of Life, to allow for adequate distancing and planning, please send the name, email address and phone number of attendee(s) to by January 21, 2022, to receive an invite from the University of Washington.

Senator Fleming was an accomplished football player, who helped lead the UW Huskies to their first Rose Bowl victories in back-to-back conference championships in 1959 and 1960, including the 1960 National Championship, followed by a professional football career with the Oakland Raiders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Senator Fleming subsequently dedicated his life to public service representing the 37th District for twenty-two years, including two years in the Washington State House of Representatives and twenty years in the State Senate, during which time he earned a reputation for championing causes for those in need and advocating for civil rights. A few of his crowning achievements include the establishment of the Office of Women and Minority Business Enterprise and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, both of which have continued to serve the community for over 30 years. He was also a tireless advocate to make the Martin Luther King holiday a reality in Washington state. It is fitting that we celebrate Senator Fleming during Black History Month because he is an important part of Washington State history that should never be forgotten.


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