After 28 years of judicial service, Superior Court Judge Daniel Berschauer has announced that he will not seek re-election to a sixth term. Judge Berschauer started his judicial career in February of 1976 as a part-time court commissioner in Thurston County District Court. In 1978 he was elected as the second district court judge. In 1984 Berschauer was elected without opposition to the Thurston County Superior Court and has run unopposed in all subsequent elections.
Berschauer was born and raised in Thurston County. After graduating from Olympia High School, he completed his education at the University of Washington, graduating from the School of Business and the School of Law. He is a graduate of the National Judicial College.
As a superior court judge, Berschauer has served as president of the Superior Court Judges' Association. He also chaired the Washington State Jury Commission. In 2001 he received the Washington State Bar Association's "Outstanding Judge Award."
Berschauer says that he has not committed to a specific plan when he completes his term of office in January of 2005 but emphasizes his desire to continue to support the rule of law and remain active in community affairs. Judge Berschauer is married to Phyllis Edwards. They each have two adult children. They plan to continue to make their home in Thurston County.