Fred Finn

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Fred Finn
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Washington House of Representatives District 35b
Former member
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University
J.D.Fordham University School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service3
Date of birth08/24/1945
Place of birthNew York, NY
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Fred Finn (b. August 24, 1945) is a former Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 35 from 2009 to 2013. Finn served as Assistant Majority Whip. Finn has served as Precinct Committee Officer for the Thurston County Democrats since 2004. He also has served as vice-Chair of the 35th LD Democrats and as an attorney for Attorneys for Gore in 1988.

Finn is an attorney. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Finn previously was a manager for AMS Real Estate. He has been an attorney for 96.1 KXXO, and owner/manager of Lynch Paint Company. Finn served in the United States Army.[1]

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Finn served on the following committees:



See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Fred Finn was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 35b. He defeated Glenn Gaither in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Republican Linda Simpson in the November 2, 2010 general election.[2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 35b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Finn (D) 29,543
Linda Simpson (R) 25,724
Washington House of Representatives, District 35b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Finn (D) 16,127 46.62%
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Simpson (R) 14,125 40.83%
Glenn Gaither (I) 4,339 12.54%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Fred Finn won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 35 receiving 56.06% of the vote (34,684 votes), defeating Republican Randy Neatherlin who received 43.94% of the vote (27,185 votes).[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 35(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Finn (D) 34,684 56.06%
Randy Neatherlin (R) 27,185 43.94%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[4]


In 2010, a year in which Finn was up for re-election, he collected $153,317 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Fred Finn's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Democratic Campaign Committee of Washington $48,015
Washington State Democratic Party $46,776
Fred W. Finn $25,000
Frederick W. Finn $10,007
Frederick W. Finn $9,993


Finn and his wife, Bonnie, have three children.


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.[6]


Finn proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $25.68 billion, the highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[7]

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.[8] 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 Finn voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 35
Succeeded by
Drew MacEwen (R)