Judge Houser graduated from Willamette University
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
He earned his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College
of Law. He was admitted
to the Oregon State Bar in 1983 and the Washington State Bar in
Judge Houser varied 30 year career includes his
work as a prosecutor, partner in a small law firm and public
defender. In Kitsap
County he worked with The Law Office of Wecker/Hunko and the firm of
Crawford, McGilliard, and Peterson & Yelish.
Immediately prior to his 2014 appointment to the bench by
Governor Inslee, he was an attorney with the Kitsap County Public
Defender Division since 2010.
Judge Houser served on the board of trustees and
Vice President of the Kitsap County Bar Association.
He served a term on the Washington State Bar Civil Rights
Committee. He was a
member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
While practicing in Oregon he served on the Oregon State Bar House
of Delegates, Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions Committee and on
the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Legislative
Committee. He served as
a continuing legal education speaker on professionalism and
legislative updates. He
enjoys working as a parent volunteer with the Kitsap Children’s