BLOG: The first Indian American judge in Washington state

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King County District Court Judge Ketu Shah

By Assunta Ng

The other day, King County District Court Judge Ketu Shah, an Indian American judge, visited me at the Asian Weekly’s office. First, I assumed he was an immigrant and Iranian. I actually asked him if he was. He was extremely gracious in response. He is originally from Minnesota, and the surname “Shah” is actually of Indian origin, sometimes mistakenly thought of as Persian, since it is derived from the Persian “Shah” meaning “King.”

He graduated from Whitman College and University of Minnesota Law School. The King County Council appointed Shah unanimously last year to complete Judge Frank LaSalata’s term. This year, he will face an opponent in the general election. (end)

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