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Honorary Marshall

Jeanne Kohl-Welles

As we are celebrating our 50th year of this Historic Parade. The 17th of May Seattle cannot think of anyone more deserving to be this year’s Honorary Marshall than Jeanne Kohl-Wells! Jeanne has a long and storied history helping shape not only the Nordic community, but also Washington State. As a past serving delegate in Washington State’s House and Senate, and most recently on the King County Council (retired Jan 2024), Jeanne has been a longtime supporter of Syttende Mai and the Nordic community here in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of the notable highlights over the last few decades include giving toasts to King Harald V and escorting Queen Sonia around Seattle during their last visit. For the last 30 years, she has successfully led the effort to gain Senate Floor Resolutions and King County Council Recognition for the 17th of May.

Please join the 17th of May Seattle in celebrating the many accomplishments of the 2024 Honorary Marshall Jeanne Kohl-Wells!



Jeanne Kohl-Welles is an American politician and academic. She was a member of the King County Council representing the 4th district from 2016 to 2024. She previously served as a member of the Washington State Senate from 1994 to 2015 and the Washington House of Representatives from 1992 to 1994.