Influential Boeing lobbyist Coffey dies at 86

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

SEATTLE -- Boeing’s former chief lobbyist Forrest “Bud” Coffey has died at age 86.

The Seattle Times remembers Coffey as a legendary lobbyist who influenced state policy on taxes, transportation, labor, education and the environment.

He also worked to keep both the Mariners and the Seahawks in Seattle by lobbying for new stadiums for the teams.

A family friend confirmed his death on Dec. 19 in Tacoma.

Coffey grew up in Kansas, joined the Navy after high school and then attended Wichita State University for two years before starting work at Boeing in 1948 at age 21.

He eventually moved from Kansas to the Pacific Northwest, where he worked his way up to become the company’s vice president of government affairs. He started lobbying for Boeing in Olympia in 1971, where he stayed for nearly a quarter century.

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