Jean Berkey was a Washington State Senator (Democrat) for the 38th District. Her career ended after a 2010 primary election in which her Democratic opponent, Nick Harper, bankrolled ads for the Republican candidate in an effort to "Squeeze The Middle" and prevent the moderate incumbent Berkey from running in the general election. The state's election watchdog committee unanimously voted to refer the case to the state Attorney General Rob McKenna, who promptly "filed suit, alleging multiple campaign-finance violations." Berkey placed third in the primary and, despite a call several former state senators to hold another election, was prevented from running in the general election per Washington state's 'top two' primary system. Her term ended in January 2011.