Chad Magendanz

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Chad Magendanz
Chad Magendanz.jpg
Washington House of Representatives, District 5b
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Assistant Floor Leader
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Issaquah School Board
High schoolHolland Patent Central High
Bachelor'sCornell University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service12
CitationsNavy Achievement Medal, Pistol Marksmanship
Date of birth24 May 1967
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionManager, Microsoft
ReligionUnitarian Universalist
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Chad Magendanz is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Magendanz received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer. For the next 10 years, Magendanz worked as a full-time program manager at Microsoft, where he shipped 16 products and received over 20 patent awards. Since 2004, he’s been a freelance software design consultant for Microsoft as well as for Nike, Panasonic and other award-winning local high tech companies. Chad was appointed to the Issaquah School Board in 2008 and elected in November of 2009. He served as Legislative Representative from 2009 to 2011 and was elected as President in 2011.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Technology and Economic Development


Campaign themes


Magendanz's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Core Tenets:

  • Educate to fuel economic growth
  • Excerpt: "Promote free markets & fair business practices
  • Excerpt: "Budget based on priorities of government
  • Excerpt: "Champion fiscal responsibility
  • Excerpt: "Demand performance accountability


  • Excerpt: "The Issaquah School District has achieved the highest rating for education investment – student achievement for dollar spent. With the lowest administrative overhead in King County and the best credit rating in the state, we’ve shown we can make every dollar count. We owe it to our children to do more with our limited resources and embrace new methods and technologies to prepare them for the 21st century."


  • Excerpt: "Many in the 5th District were dealt a crippling blow from the economic downturn. We need a representative in Olympia who can show fiscal responsibility and reduce spending...just as we’re all now doing in our homes and small businesses. A budgeting process based on priorities of government instead of gimmicks will help restore meaningful economic growth and stability."


  • Excerpt: "We must work to achieve a balance of growth and protection of the environment, ever mindful of the impact to local businesses and private property rights. Whether we propose better use of our resources or make sensible policy in Olympia to promote promising new ones, it’s up to us to protect our state for our children and their children."


  • Excerpt: "I will fight to defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of our citizens. This includes a woman’s right to choose, balanced with respect for religious beliefs and parental rights over minors. America is the land of freedom and opportunity, and that should apply without regard to race, creed, color, gender or sexual orientation."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Colin Alexander (D) and Ryan Dean Burkett (I) were defeated by David Spring (D) and incumbent Chad Magendanz (R) in the primary. Spring was defeated by Magendanz in the general election.[3][4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 5b General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad Magendanz Incumbent 59% 26,287
     Democratic David Spring 41% 18,259
Total Votes 44,546
Washington House of Representatives, District 5b Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad Magendanz Incumbent 56.4% 12,733
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Spring 32.7% 7,375
     Democratic Colin J. Alexander 6.8% 1,545
     Independent Ryan Dean Burkett 4% 907
Total Votes 22,560


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Magendanz won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 5b. Magendanz advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated David Spring (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 5b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad Magendanz 55.2% 35,961
     Democratic David Spring 44.8% 29,156
Total Votes 65,117
Washington State House of Representatives, District 5b Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad Magendanz 53.5% 14,654
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Spring 42.1% 11,526
     Independent Ryan Dean Burkett 4.4% 1,202
Total Votes 27,382

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,800 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7] Comprehensive donor information for Magendanz is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Magendanz raised a total of $92,064 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

Chad Magendanz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 5 Won $92,064
Grand Total Raised $92,064


Magendanz won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Magendanz raised a total of $92,064.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chad Magendanz's campaign in 2012
5th Legislative District Republicans$2,250
Education Political Action Fund$1,800
Washington State Auto Dealers Association$1,800
Cambia Health Solutions$1,800
Binder, Katherine A$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$92,064
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes for or against CCF's position.
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Legislators are scored on their stances on pro-choice issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on their "work to support and advance the UW and higher education."
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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.[10] 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.[10] Magendanz missed 0 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.



In 2014, Magendanz's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • The Seattle Times (2014, 2012)
  • The Issaquah Press
  • SnoValley Star
  • The League of Education Voters (2014, 2012)
  • Stand for Children (2014, 2012)
  • Graduate Washington (2014, 2012)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (2014, 2012)
  • Association of Washington Business
  • SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® (2014, 2012)
  • Washington Multi-Family Housing Association


Magendanz and his wife, Galen, have two sons.[12]

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Preceded by
Glenn Anderson (R)
Washington House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by