Gael Tarleton

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Gael Tarleton
Washington House of Representatives, District 36b
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Deputy Majority Floor Leader, Washington House of Representatives
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Seattle Port Commission President
2007 - Present
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
ProfessionCyber-security and intelligence analyst
Office website
Campaign website
Gael Tarleton is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Tarleton serves as Deputy Majority Floor Leader, beginning in 2015.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Tarleton served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2015
Higher Education
Technology and Economic Development, Vice-Chair


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Tarleton served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Tarleton's campaign website listed the following accomplishments from her current position:[1]

  • Creating Jobs and Rebuilding Our Economy
Excerpt: "Gael, in conjunction with her colleagues at the Port, has taken steps in the last few years to create jobs and rebuild our economy. These reforms have led to the creation of more than 4,500 jobs since the Great Recession started, with another estimated 1,200 to 1,500 new jobs in 2011."
  • Safeguarding Our Environment
Excerpt: "One of the reasons Gael ran for the Commission was that she saw the potential of the Port to act as a leader in adopting strong environmental standards for the air, water and land, consistent with the values of the people of King County."
  • Protecting Our Ports and Our Citizens
Excerpt: "With nearly 30 years as a security and intelligence expert, Gael was a natural choice to lead efforts that protected our Port and King County citizens. Prior to her election, the Port did not have a long term plan to deal with manmade or natural disasters. Gael’s experience protecting our nation’s ports from nuclear, biochemical and natural disasters helped move the Port in a new direction as it dealt with its own long term goals. Now, the Port is a regional partner leading the way in protecting our airport and our seaport while also combating national issues like human trafficking."
  • Reforming the Port and Restoring Common Sense
Excerpt: "Within her first month in office, Gael wrote the “Transparency Code of Conduct” motion to move the Port away from its history with closed-door meetings and inaccessibility to the public. ...Under Gael’s leadership, the Port staff adopted new policies for small-works contracting and consulting projects, and implemented new community outreach with women- and minority-owned businesses to help more companies qualify for Port contracts and procurement projects."



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 Gael Tarleton (D) and Paul Addis (L) were unopposed in the primary. Tarleton defeated Addis in the general election.[2][3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 36b General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGael Tarleton Incumbent 86.2% 46,515
     Libertarian Paul Addis 13.8% 7,472
Total Votes 53,987


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Tarleton won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 36b. Tarleton advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Noel Christina Frame (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 36b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGael Tarleton 55.9% 39,564
     Democratic Noel Christina Frame 44.1% 31,273
Total Votes 70,837
Washington State House of Representatives, District 36b Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGael Tarleton 28.3% 10,130
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNoel Christina Frame 23.6% 8,440
     Democratic Brett Phillips 14.1% 5,034
     Republican Ryan Gabriel 13.3% 4,757
     Democratic Sahar Fathi 13% 4,665
     Democratic Evan Clifthorne 5.9% 2,113
     Progressive Linde Knighton 1.9% 679
Total Votes 35,818

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7]

Comprehensive donor information for Tarleton is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Tarleton raised a total of $202,634 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

Gael Tarleton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 36 Won $202,634
Grand Total Raised $202,634


Tarleton won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Tarleton raised a total of $202,634.


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


Tarleton has a husband, Bob.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Lou Dickerson (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 36
Succeeded by