Christine Rolfes

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Christine Rolfes
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Washington State Senate District 23
Incumbent
In office
July 2011-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Floor Leader, Washington State Senate
2014-Present
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedJuly 2011
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Christine Rolfes is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 23. She first joined the chamber after her appointment in July 2011, when she was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to fill the vacancy left by Phil Rockefeller. Rockefeller resigned to assume an appointment to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.[1]

Rolfes has served as Minority Floor Leader since 2014. She served as a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 23 from 2006 until July 2011. Previously, she was chair of the Bainbridge Island City Council.

Biography

Rolfes holds her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. She earned her MPA from the University of Washington. Prior to serving in office, Rolfes worked as a Business Development Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning & K-12 Education
Natural Resources & Parks
Transportation

2011-2012

Senate

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

House

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rolfes served on the following committees while a member of the House:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rolfes served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Rolfes won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 23. Rolfes was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Bret A. Treadwell (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Rolfes Incumbent 65.1% 43,305
     Republican Bret Treadwell 34.9% 23,235
Total Votes 66,540

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Christine Rolfes was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 23b. She was the top vote getter in the state's August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Republican James Olson in the November 2, 2010 general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 23b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Christine Rolfes (D) 32,351
James Olson (R) 23,812
Washington House of Representatives, District 23b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Christine Rolfes (D) 19,003 56.13%
Green check mark transparent.png James M. Olsen (R) 11,211 33.11%
Aaron Winters (R) 3,642 10.76%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Christine Rolfes won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 23 receiving 61.04% of the vote (39,130 votes), defeating Republican Mark Lowe who received 38.96% of the vote (24,973 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 23(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Christine Rolfes (D) 39,130 61.04%
Mark Lowe (R) 24,973 38.96%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rolfes is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Rolfes raised a total of $618,926 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[5]

Christine Rolfes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 23 Won $137,623
2010 Washington State House, District 23 Won $96,544
2008 Washington State House, District 23 Won $129,070
2006 Washington State House, District 23 Won $255,689
Grand Total Raised $618,926

2012

Rolfes won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Rolfes raised a total of $137,623.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Christine Rolfes's campaign in 2012
People For Christine Rolfes$5,125
Washington Federation Of State Employees$2,600
Sears, Cynthia$2,500
Swinomish Tribal Community$1,800
Washington Beverage Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$137,623
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Rolfes won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rolfes raised a total of $96,544.

2008

Rolfes won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Rolfes raised a total of $129,070.

2006

Rolfes won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Rolfes raised a total of $255,689.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[6]

Legislators are scored on their votes for or against CCF's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "small business interests."
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."
Legislators are scored on their stances on environmental protection issues.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WSLC's position.

2012

In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[7]

Legislators are scored on their votes on 25 bills identified as WCAN to have "the most direct

impact on racial equity."

Legislators are scored on their stances on environmental protection issues.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WCU's position.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WSLC's position.

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.[8] 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.[8] Rolfes missed 3 votes in a total of 1017 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[9]

2012

Rolfes proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $278.9 million, the 19th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation also 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.[10] 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 Rolfes voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Christine Rolfes
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
Y N Y N

Personal

Rolfes and her husband, Leonard, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Rockefeller (D)
Washington State Senate District 23
July 2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 23
2006–July 2011
Succeeded by
Drew Hansen (D)