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David Sawyer
Washington House of Representatives, District 29a
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGov.John Rogers High School
Bachelor'sPolitical Science and Geography, Central Washington University, 2005
ProfessionCommunity organizing and political campaigns
Personal website
Campaign website
David Sawyer is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs
Early Learning and Human Services
Higher Education


Campaign themes


Sawyer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • On Jobs
Excerpt: "We need incentives. Business owners can be encouraged to open their doors in our community through targeted incentives that encourage them to grow and expand here. We need to allow our businesses to hire more people and create new, local family wage jobs."
  • On Education
Excerpt: "This is a global economy and we need to recognize that our students are competing for jobs on a global level. We have a responsibility to ensure that our students are prepared – all children deserve the best chance at competing for the jobs of the future."
  • On Crime
Excerpt: "First it is important to recognize that prevention is far less costly than building prisons. Programs that focus on preventing crime - keeping young people in school and finding stable jobs for people willing to work- is a far better way to prevent crimes from occurring. But for those who refuse to follow the rules, the penalty must be swift and certain."



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. Incumbent David Sawyer (D) and Jason Bergstrom (R) were unopposed in the primary. Sawyer defeated Bergstrom in the general election.[2][3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 29a General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sawyer Incumbent 55.8% 12,356
     Republican Jason Bergstrom 44.2% 9,792
Total Votes 22,148


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sawyer won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 29a. Sawyer advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Terry Harder (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 29a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sawyer 63.3% 25,669
     Republican Terry Harder 36.7% 14,871
Total Votes 40,540
Washington State House of Representatives, District 29a Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sawyer 38.7% 6,404
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Harder 36.8% 6,101
     Democratic Ben Lawver 24.5% 4,058
Total Votes 16,563

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7] Comprehensive donor information for Sawyer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sawyer raised a total of $2,012 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

David Sawyer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 29 Won $2,012
Grand Total Raised $2,012


Sawyer won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sawyer raised a total of $82,133.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Sawyer's campaign in 2012
Nisqually Indian Tribe$1,800
Washington Healthcare Association$1,800
Washington State Association For Justice$1,800
Puyallup Tribe Of Indians$1,800
Northwest Credit Union Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$82,133
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]

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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] Sawyer missed 0 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Ladenburg (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 29
Succeeded by