After graduating from Sunnyside High School, Cregan attended the University of Southern California Film School. He worked several jobs all four years, from writing screenplay critiques to delivering flowers in Beverly Hills. His first management job was in Alaska - he was hired as the station manager for a public radio and television station in Dutch Harbor, the nation's largest fishing port.
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Reporter: Shannon Howard
Director: Jeff Hancock and Cregan Newhouse
May 18, 1980 - A hop field on the Newhouse farm. This picture was taken as the ash from Mt. St. Helens descended.
Cregan met an extraordinary woman in Alaska. They eventually returned to Washington to start a family, raising two children in Snohomish County. He and Russann have now been married for 23 years. Their oldest son, Jonah, graduated from Edmonds Woodway High School with a full IB diploma, and recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering. Their youngest son, Reece, graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School last year as co-valedictorian, and is now a freshman with the UW engineering program.
Cregan has worked for public service organizations for 11 years. He is currently the enforcement supervisor of the Consumer Protection Division with the City of Seattle, supervising 24 inspectors who regulate 20 industries and tens of thousands of businesses . Since late March, he has overseen the day-to-day operations of the Emergency Covid-19 personal protective equipment warehouse for the Logistics and Emergency Management Division, ensuring the safe distribution of over a million pieces to all City departments.
Cregan is well positioned to lead Washington State's executive branch. In addition to his experience with the City of Seattle, he also works with state, county and port agencies. He excels when working with management and directors, but more importantly has a "boots on the ground" perspective that acknowledges that those on the front line are the real drivers of organizational change. From his first day in office, Cregan will bring about new efficiencies throughout the governor's office, because he will never spend a minute campaigning for funds, or making promises that don't offer a net benefit to all Washingtonians.
Cregan comes from a family committed to public service. His mother Lynne recently retired from the Department of the Interior. His sister Tyna is a Special Agent for the Washington State Gambling commission. His brother-in-law Steven retired after leading the Seattle Division FBI criminal branch, and his sister Molly is the principal of an elementary school in California. When he was in junior high, Cregan's fascination with politics began on a road trip across the state with his Uncle Irving, who was then the minority house leader of the State Senate. He was able to spend a week as a Senate page in Olympia. Cregan's first cousin Dan Newhouse is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 4th congressional district.
Washington's diversity, geography and potential economy is unparalleled. Our current economic output is greater than that of 24 states and the District of Columbia combined. Cregan's vision of a structurally balanced budget will guide us through the current economic crises and strengthens our state's ability to withstand future challenges.