Dan Swecker

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Dan Swecker
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Washington State Senate District 20
Former member
In office
1995 - 2013
Minority Caucus Vice Chair, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesTacoma Community College
Bachelor'sThe Evergreen State College, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1969
Date of birthFebruary 28, 1947
Place of birthBozeman, MT
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Dan Swecker is a former Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 20 from his appointment in 1995 to 2013. He served as Republican Caucus Vice Chair, 2007-08 and as Assistant Majority Whip, 1997-98.[1]

Swecker attended the University of Washington. He went on to earn his AA from Tacoma Community College. He then received his B.A. in Cooperative Education from The Evergreen State College in 1973.

Swecker worked as a warrant officer in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969. He then worked as owner and operator of Swecker Salmon Farm. He has also worked as secretary and treasurer of Washington Fish Growers Association.[2]

Committee assignments


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Swecker ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 20. Swecker advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and was defeated by John E. Braun (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Braun 55.4% 29,943
     Republican Dan Swecker Incumbent 44.6% 24,075
Total Votes 54,018
Washington State Senate, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Swecker 47% 10,861
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Braun 40.3% 9,327
     Republican Rae Lowery 12.7% 2,936
Total Votes 23,124


On November 4, 2008, Swecker was re-elected for the Twentieth District of the Washington State Senate receiving 39,650 votes.

Swecker raised $116,812 for his campaign.[5]

Washington State Senate, District 20 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Swecker (R) 39,650
Chuck Bojarski (D) 22,428

Campaign donors


In 2008, Swecker collected $116,812 in donations.

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

Donor Amount
Tulalip Tribes of Washington $1,600
Washington Bankers Association $1,600
Washington Restaurant Association $1,600
Chehalis Indian Tribe $1,600


Swecker and his wife live in Rochester and have four children and two grandchildren. Swecker lives in Rochester, WA.[7]


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.[8]


Swecker proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $322.5 million, the 14th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]

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 Swecker voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Dan Swecker
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 20
Succeeded by
John E. Braun (R)