Cathy Dahlquist

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Cathy Dahlquist
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Current candidacy
Running for Washington State Senate, District 31
Date of primaryAugust 5, 2014
Current office
Washington House of Representatives District 31a
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama
Office website
Campaign website
Cathy Dahlquist is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 31a. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. She previously served as State House Assistant Minority Whip.

She is currently a 2014 Republican candidate for District 31 of the Washington State Senate.[1]


Dahlquist earned her B.S. from the University of Alabama. Dahlquist and her husband started a small architectural firm in 2002, working on both residential and commercial projects. Previously, she worked in sales and marketing.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dahlquist served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Technology and Economic Development


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dahlquist served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Dahlquist's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Excerpt: "A four-year balanced budget requirement to ensure budget writers balance the budget for the current two-year cycle as well as the following"
  • Excerpt: "Long-term pension reforms that apply to newly-hired workers beginning in 2013"
  • Excerpt: "A plan to add more choices for school employees and examine how to create a greater health benefit plan and that is more affordable and equitable for all school employees."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Pam Roach (R) and Cathy Dahlquist (R) defeated Lynda Messner (D) in the primary. Roach and Dahlquist will face off in the general election.[1][4]

Washington State Senate, District 31 Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam Roach Incumbent 40.5% 9,120
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Dahlquist 39.2% 8,836
     Democratic Lynda Messner 20.3% 4,585
Total Votes 22,541


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dahlquist won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 31a. Dahlquist was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Brian L. Gunn (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 31a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Dahlquist Incumbent 62.8% 37,187
     Democratic Brian Gunn 37.2% 22,018
Total Votes 59,205


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cathy Dahlquist ran for the Washington House of Representatives District 31a. She defeated Peggy Levesque in the August 17, 2010, primary and she also defeated Shawn Bunney in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 31a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cathy Dahlquist (R) 23,254
Shawn Bunney (R) 20,479
Washington House of Representatives, District 31a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cathy Dahlquist (R) 9,237 36.81%
Green check mark transparent.png Shawn Bunney (R) 8,077 32.18%
Peggy Levesque (D) 7,783 31.01%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7] Comprehensive donor information for Dahlquist is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Dahlquist raised a total of $213,945 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

Cathy Dahlquist's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 31 Won $130,968
2010 Washington State House, District 31 Won $82,977
Grand Total Raised $213,945


Dahlquist won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dahlquist raised a total of $130,968.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cathy Dahlquist's campaign in 2012
National Rifle Association$1,800
Washington State Veterinary Medical Association$1,800
Seattle Police Officers Guild$1,800
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$130,968
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, when Dahlquist first won election to the House, she collected $82,977 in donations.[9]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Washington State Auto Dealers Association $1,600
Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Washington $1,600
Stand for Children $1,600
Avista Corp $1,600
American Institute of Architects Washington Council $1,600
Washington State Veterinary Medical Association $1,600


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Cathy Dahlquist endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[11]


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[12]

Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[13] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[13] Dahlquist missed 39 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation


See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues.[14] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Dahlquist voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Cathy Dahlquist
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Dahlquist and her husband, Jeff, have three children and one grandchild.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Roach
Washington House of Representatives District 31a
Succeeded by