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Craig Pridemore
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Washington State Senate District 49
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Clark County
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1989
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1983-1987
Date of birthMarch 13, 1961
(dead link) Office website
Campaign website
Craig Pridemore (b. March 13, 1961) is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 49 from 2005 to 2013.[1] Pridemore is an active duty veteran of the United States Army. Previously, Pridemore was commissioner for Clark County from 1999 to 2004. He has served as a Precinct Committee Officer for the Democratic Party since 1995.

Pridemore earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Washington in 1989.

Pridemore worked as an intelligence analyst for the United States Army from 1983 to 1987. He went on to work as an administrator for Quezada Godsey and Company from 1990 to 1992. He then became a finance manager for Clark County Public Works in 1992 and worked there until 1999.[2]

Committee assignments


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



See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Pridemore ran for Washington State Auditor in 2012. He faced state representatives Troy Kelley (D) and Mark Miloscia (D), along with James Watkins (R) in the blanket primary on August 7.[3] Pridemore did not advance to the general election.[4]

Washington Auditor, Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Watkins 46.1% 584,444
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTroy Kelley 23% 291,335
     Democratic Craig Pridemore 21.2% 268,220
     Democratic Mark Miloscia 9.8% 123,936
Total Votes 1,267,935
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'


On November 4, 2008, Pridemore was re-elected for the 49th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 30,664 votes.

Pridemore raised $136,572 for his campaign.[5]

Washington State Senate, District 49 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Craig Pridemore (D) 30,664
Tom Langston (R) 19,029

Campaign donors


In 2008, Pridemore collected $136,572 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign.[6]

Donor Amount
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Seiu Healthcare 1199NW $1,600
Verizon $1,600


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.[7]


Pridemore proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $266.7 million, the 20th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]

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.[9] 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 Pridemore voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Preceded by
Washington State Senate District 49
Succeeded by
Annette Cleveland (D)