Legendary AGCW Lobbyist Duke Schaub passes – AGC of Washington’s long-time lobbyist Duke Schaub passed away on January 15 in Olympia. Duke lobbied for AGCW for over thirty years as the director of government affairs and then as a contract lobbyist. Duke is a legend in Olympia and with the scores of AGC members he worked closely with over the years.
Duke is survived by his wife Kitty, son Dan and granddaughter Sydney. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. For more information on that, reach out to Michele Willms.
Upon hearing of his passing, many sent notes in tribute to Duke:
Rest in Peace, Duke. Condolences to Kitty and the family. Duke was one of my favorite people – a mentor and friend. A great indication of the quality of the person is seeing how people you disagree with feel about you. Duke earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. Thank you, Duke, for showing us the way
— Dan Absher / Absher Construction
Duke was a friend and mentor to two generations of the Kuney family, and I am sure there are many other AGC members who can say the same. I have so many memories of Duke, but the most fun one has to be when he came to Spokane for our AGC golf tournament and I got to play with him and my Dad. Duke almost drove the green on a Par 4 because he literally hit his drive down the cart path and it just kept bouncing and bouncing and bouncing …. Had to be a 350+ yard drive. Of course, we gave him crap about it. He said “hey sometimes you have to work the sidelines to get the work done!” RIP Duke.
— Max Kuney / Max J. Kuney Company
A true original. The world and especially our industry is a lesser place without him. His lesson remains: never stop selling.
— Jake Jacobson / Osborne Construction (retired)
We all learned so much from him. He really set the standard for AGC and I feel honored to have known him.
— Cheryl Stewart / Inland Northwest AGC
When I first joined AGC as an associate, Duke was already a well-respected AGC lobbyist. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the organization, the legislators, irrespective of which side of the aisle they were sitting on, always greeted him warmly and his efforts and stature were often the difference in legislation going the way of contractors. I always enjoyed being by Duke’s side when we testified in Olympia. The outpouring of friendly greetings and the doors that opened when he walked the halls demonstrated that everybody valued Duke Schaub. We have lost a good friend and ally, rest in peace Duke.
— John Ahlers / Ahlers Cressman & Sleight
Duke taught me so much and I will always be thankful for his mentorship and for his positive impact on our industry. Duke was one of a kind and will be missed on so many levels.
— Butch Brooks / Tucci and Sons
He certainly helped me with his guidance and mentorship as I delved into the AGC government waters 20+ years ago. He will be missed but will always be one of the AGC Legends in my book. RIP Duke.
— Ross Pouley / RAP Consultants
I have such fond memories of him, especially in my early years of getting engaged in AGC and the lobbying efforts in Olympia. He was such a great man and will be greatly missed.
— Delton Bonds / Mountain States Construction Co.
Here’s a 2007 profile of Duke from the Daily Journal of Commerce.