Port of Tacomaâ€™s Commissioner, Ted Bottiger
, is this yearâ€™s Seattle Propeller Clubâ€™s Elected Official of the Year Award recipient. The honor, bestowed annually at the Seattle Maritime Festivalâ€™s Maritime Luncheon, was presented on May 9 at a luncheon aboard the Royal Caribbean International's Serenade of the Seas. The luncheon was co-sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
and the Seattle Propeller Club.
Each year the Seattle Propeller Club recognizes
a local elected official whose outstanding work or service has made a significant contribution to maritime commerce in the Pacific Northwest. Bottiger has served as Tacomaâ€™s port commissioner for 12 years and has distinguished himself as a leader in the maritime community as a former Washington State legislator and Senate Majority Leader. He also served on the Governorâ€™s Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation in the 1980s. As Tacoma Port Commissioner
, Bottiger has acted as an ambassador to Alaska
and a persistent promoter of the key trading partnership between Puget Sound
and the 49th state.