Doug Ericksen

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Doug Ericksen
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Washington State Senate District 42
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Whip, Washington State Senate
2011-2012
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1999-2011
Education
Bachelor'sCornell University, 1991
Master'sWestern Washington University, 1995
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1969
Place of birthBellingham, WA
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Doug Ericksen (b. January 28, 1969) is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 42. He was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Ericksen represented District 42 in Washington House of Representatives for 12 years. Ericksen is a former State Senate Minority Whip. During his tenure in the State House, he served as the Minority Floor Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, and Republican Floor Leader.

Biography

Erickson holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University and an M.A. in political science and environmental policy from Western Washington University.[1] Ericksen has worked in the public sector for most of his career. He is a former policy analyst for the Washington State Senate and the Senate Republican Caucus. He also worked as a Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and as campaign manager for Ann Anderson's 1996 run for lieutenant governor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications, Chair
Health Care
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Elections

2014

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Seth Fleetwood (D) and incumbent Doug Ericksen (R) were unopposed in the primary. Fleetwood and Ericksen will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Ericksen did not run for re-election to the state house -- instead, Ericksen ran for election to the Washington State Senate District 42 seat. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 17, 2010. He defeated Pat Jerns (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Washington State Senate, District 42 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Eriksen (R) 36,293 59.90%
Pat Jerns (D) 24,298 40.10%
Washington State Senate, District 42 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Ericksen (R) 21,822 61.49%
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Jerns (D) 13,669 38.51%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Doug Ericksen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 42 receiving 58.43% of the vote (39,155 votes), defeating Democrat Mark Flanders who received 41.57% of the vote (27,855 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 42(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Ericksen (R) 39,155 58.43%
Mark Flanders (D) 27,855 41.57%

Issues

Pension reform

In January 2014, Ericksen abandoned a pension reform bill that would have given $10,000 per worker to move from a taxpayer-guaranteed defined-benefit pension plan to a 401(k) plan, which is also called a defined-contribution plan. Ericksen’s plan came after Boeing, the aeronautical company with operations in Washington, negotiated a switch to a 401(k) retirement plan for its workers. The Ericksen plan would have ended guaranteed pensions for new hires and enroll them in the new plan. Veteran workers would have to option to choose between the two different plans. The bill was opposed and blocked by State Senate Democrats that rejected a move from a government plan to a 401(k) plan. Braun now supports legislation sponsored by state senator John Braun to kick Washington elected officials off the state’s pension system.[4]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ericksen is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ericksen raised a total of $713,310 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[5]

Doug Ericksen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 42 Not up for election $2,800
2010 Washington State Senate, District 42 Won $174,749
2008 Washington State House, District 42 Won $137,650
2006 Washington State House, District 42 Won $128,076
2004 Washington State House, District 42 Won $59,805
2002 Washington State House, District 42 Won $83,714
2000 Washington State House, District 42 Won $68,585
1998 Washington State House, District 42 Won $57,931
Grand Total Raised $713,310

2012

Ericksen was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $2,800.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Doug Ericksen's campaign in 2012
Gunderson, John F$500
3M$500
Gunderson, Racelia$500
Systematech Technical Management Services$500
Pacific International Terminals$450
Total Raised in 2012$2,800
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ericksen won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $174,749.

2008

Ericksen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $137,650.

2006

Ericksen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $128,076.

2004

Ericksen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $59,805.

2002

Ericksen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $83,714.

2000

Ericksen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $68,585.

1998

Ericksen won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Ericksen raised a total of $57,931.

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] Ericksen missed 10 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

Ericksen proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $7.2 million, the 35th 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 Ericksen voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Doug Ericksen
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 Y N Y

Personal

Ericksen and his wife, Tasha, live in Ferndale. They have two daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Jerns (D)
Washington State Senate District 42
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Political offices
Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 42
1998–2010
Succeeded by
Jason Overstreet (R)