Hans Zeiger

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Hans Zeiger
Hans Zeiger.jpg
Washington House of Representatives District 25b
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
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHillsdale College
Master'sPepperdine University School of Public Policy
Office website
Hans Zeiger is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 25b. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Zeiger earned a B.A. in American studies from Hillsdale College and an M.S. in public policy from the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. He is a former author, editor, and senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, a national non-profit Constitutional law organization.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning and Human Services
Higher Education
Technology and Economic Development


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



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Eric Renz (D) and incumbent Hans Zeiger (R) were unopposed in the primary. Renz and Zeiger will face off in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zeiger won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 25b. Zeiger was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Bill Hilton (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 25b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHans Zeiger Incumbent 56.8% 32,017
     Democratic Bill Hilton 43.2% 24,332
Total Votes 56,349


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hans Zeiger ran for the Washington House of Representatives District 25. He defeated Steve Vermillion, Ron Morehouse, Larry Johnson and Bryan Shaner in the August 17, 2010, primary. He defeated Democrat Dawn Morrell in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 25b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Hans Zeiger (R) 24,919
Dawn Morrell (D) 24,872
Washington House of Representatives, District 25b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawn Morrell (D) 10,287 40.29%
Green check mark transparent.png Hans Zeiger (R) 9,164 35.89%
Steven Vermillion (R) 4,044 15.84%
Ron Morehouse (D) 1,247 4.88%
Larry Johnson (I) 548 2.15%
Bryan Shaner (I) 243 .95%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5] Comprehensive donor information for Zeiger is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Zeiger raised a total of $301,011 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[6]

Hans Zeiger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 25 Won $118,709
2010 Washington State House, District 25 Won $182,302
Grand Total Raised $301,011


Zeiger won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zeiger raised a total of $118,709.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Hans Zeiger's campaign in 2012
Premera Blue Cross$1,800
Washington State Auto Dealers Association$1,800
Building Industry Association Of Washington$1,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Washington State Dental Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$118,709
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, when Zeiger first won election to the House, he collected $182,302 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
House Republican Organizational Committee of Washington $51,925
Washington State Republican Party $7,424
Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Washington $1,600
Pierce County Affordable Housing Council $1,600
Washington Retail Association $1,600
3 individuals $1,600 each


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


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

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] Zeiger 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 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.[11]


Zeiger proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $188.3 million, the 50th 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 Zeiger voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Hans Zeiger
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
Dawn Morrell (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 25b
Succeeded by