Peter Kirk Schalestock

Published 1:47 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Peter Kirk Schalestock, 49, an attorney of Alexandria, Va. died on Aug. 15, 2017

He attended Cornell University, the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law. He began working in politics in middle school and co-managed a campaign for state senate at the age of 18. He was employed as Deputy General Counsel with Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Arlington, Va. He held several positions in politics including General Counsel for the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives; General Counsel, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Regional Director of Election Day Operations (Western States), Republican National Committee. He served on the Board of the Republican National Lawyers Association and was highly respected for his expertise in the areas of campaign finance, election law and voter fraud. Other than politics, he was passionate about nature and enjoyed hiking, whale watching, sailing, beach time and was a season ticket holder to the WNBA. He learned to ski at 4 years of age in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. He was a reader with a special interest in history and politics. He read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich at the age of 14 while recovering from Hodgkins disease.

Survivors: his mom, Ann Pressley and his step-father Richard Pressley of Advance; and Uncle Jim Williamson and wife Elizabeth of Charleston, S.C.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials in his name may be made to The Nature Conservancy and Catholic Charities USA.

A private service will be held later.