Debbie Regala

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Debbie Regala
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Washington State Senate District 27
Former member
In office
2001 - 2013
Majority Whip, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puget Sound, 1968
Date of birthApril 27, 1945
Place of birthTacoma, WA
Debbie Regala (b. April 27, 1945) is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 27 from 2001 to 2013. Regala served as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader in the Senate, and as Majority Whip from 2005 to 2008.[1]

Regala is a coordinator for an Environmental Restoration Project. She earned her B.A. in Foreign Language/Education from the University of Puget Sound in 1968.[2]

Committee assignments


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



On November 4, 2008, Regala was re-elected for the 27th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 31,988 votes.

Regala raised $62,479 for her campaign.[3]

Washington State Senate, District 27 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Regala (D) 31,988
Larry Faulk (R) 15,625

Campaign donors


In 2008, Regala collected $62,479 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign.[4]

Donor Amount
University of Washington $1,600
Roosevelt Fund $1,600
Service Employees Healthcare 775NW $1,600
Washington Credit Union League $1,600


Debbie is married to Leo Regala. They have three children and two grandchildren.


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.[5]


Regala proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.53 billion, the 8th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[6]

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.[7] 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 Regala voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Debbie Regala
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 27
Succeeded by
Jeannie Darneille (D)