The official seal of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor was created circa 1959 by Secretary of the Senate Ward Bowden under then Lieutenant Governor John A. Cherberg. The seal was created to mirror aspects of regional interest that embody the traditions and culture of Washington State. It reflects the high caliber of public service performed by the Lieutenant Governor, who also serves as President of the Senate.
The seal is represented by the official state symbols of the Goldfinch, chosen in 1951 by schoolchildren; the Rhododendron, voted in by Washington Women prior to universal suffrage in 1892; and the twin gavels of the state legislature, representing the bipartisan spirit of lawmaking, all enclosed in a circle. At the center is the state capitol building in Olympia, one of the tallest masonry domes in the world. Two Western Hemlocks, the state tree since 1947, flank the seal’s outer edges.