Drew Hansen

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Drew Hansen
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Washington House of Representatives District 23b
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedSeptember 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard College
Master'sUniversity of Washington
J.D.Yale Law School
Office website
Campaign website
Drew Hansen is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 23b. He was first appointed to the chamber in September 2011. Beginning in the 2013 session, Hansen serves as Assistant Majority Whip.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Judiciary, Vice-chair


Campaign themes


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

  • Education
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen has two young children, one in preschool and one entering first grade in public school, so he knows the importance of great schools. Before entering the Legislature, Representative Hansen volunteered on the steering committee of nearly every school levy campaign in his district so we could keep funding our public schools."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen has worked to protect our quality of life by fighting for clean air and water, while making government more user-friendly (by supporting legislation that allows the Discover Pass to be transferred between two vehicles) and giving businesses more certainty on the effects of environmental regulations."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen supports health care as part of the social safety net to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens do not go bankrupt because they lack health insurance."
  • Higher Education
Excerpt: "Before he entered the Legislature, Representative Drew Hansen served for six years on the board of the Olympic College Foundation, helping students from Kitsap County train for new careers."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen has a long record of support for job creation and job training. Before he entered the House of Representatives, he served for six years as Governor Gregoire’s public representative on the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), Washington’s principal economic development board, which invested over $30 million to create and retain jobs in Washington during Representative Hansen’s service."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Drew Hansen (D) and James M. Olsen (R) were unopposed in the primary. Hansen and Olsen will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hansen won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 23b. Hansen advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated James Olsen (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 23b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Hansen Incumbent 60.2% 39,949
     Republican James Olsen 39.8% 26,416
Total Votes 66,365
Washington State House of Representatives, District 23b Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Hansen Incumbent 52.7% 17,377
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames M. Olsen 40.4% 13,334
     Democratic Henning B. Larsen 6.9% 2,278
Total Votes 32,989

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6] Comprehensive donor information for Hansen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hansen raised a total of $216,491 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Drew Hansen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 23 Won $216,491
Grand Total Raised $216,491


Hansen won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $216,491.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Drew Hansen's campaign in 2012
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$15,988
Washington State Association For Justice$1,800
Seltzer, Marc M$1,800
Crosby, Ian B$1,800
Manne, Neal$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$216,491
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[8]

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.


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[9]

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.[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] Hansen missed 1 vote in a total of 1211 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 taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[11]


Hansen proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.22 billion, the 23rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives 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.[12] 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 Hansen voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Drew Hansen
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Hansen and his wife, Julie, have two children.[13]

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Preceded by
Christine Rolfes (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 23
Succeeded by