Jeanne Kohl-Welles

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Jeanne Kohl-Welles
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Washington State Senate, District 36
Incumbent
In office
1995-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Whip, Washington State House of Representatives
1993-1994
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1993-1995
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Northridge, 1965
Master'sCalifornia State University, Northridge, 1970
Ph.D.University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
Personal
BirthdayOctober 19, 1942
Place of birthMadison, WI
ProfessionLecturer/Researcher/Author/Consultant, University of Washington
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jeanne Kohl-Welles (b. October 19, 1942) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Previously, Kohl-Welles served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1992 to 1994. From 1993 to 1994 she was the Majority Whip.[1]

Biography

Kohl-Welles earned her B.A. in Education from the California State University, Northridge in 1965. She went on to earn her M.A. in 1970. She later received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1973. The next year she earned her PhD in Sociology of Education. In 2001, Kohl-Welles was in the Fannie Mae Foundation Fellowship, Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Kohl-Welles is a lecturer, researcher, author, and consultant for the University of Washington. Previously, she was Assistant Dean of Students/Coordinator of Women's Programs for the University of California, Irvine. She has also worked as program manager for Project Equity for the Desegregation Assistance Center Region IX, United States Department of Education. Kohl-Welles has been a teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District, and then became an assistant professor for Pacific Lutheran University, followed by a position as lecturer for the California State University/Chapman College/Los Angeles Community College District/University of California, Irvine.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kohl-Welles served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Law & Justice
Rules
Ways & Means

2011-2012

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

Elections

2014

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate 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 Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) and Sarina Forbes (R) were unopposed in the primary. Kohl-Welles defeated Forbes in the general election.[3][4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 36 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeanne Kohl-Welles Incumbent 84.2% 47,025
     Republican Sarina Forbes 15.8% 8,830
Total Votes 55,855

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Jeanne Kohl-Welles re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 36. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010. She defeated Republican Leslie Klein in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington State Senate, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 51,656 83.93%
Leslie Klein (R) 9,889 16.07%
Washington State Senate, District 36 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 26,906 83.67%
Green check mark transparent.png Leslie Klein (R) 5,253 16.33%

2006

In November 2006, Kohl-Welles ran unopposed and was re-elected for the 36th District of the Washington State Senate, receiving 41,792 votes.

Kohl-Welles raised $141,399 for her campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 36 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 41,792

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kohl-Welles is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $565,683 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[7]

Jeanne Kohl-Welles's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District Not up for election $29,674
2010 Washington State Senate, District 36 Won $101,478
2008 Washington State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $52,743
2006 Washington State Senate, District 36 Won $141,399
2004 Washington State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $13,933
2002 Washington State Senate, District 36 Won $48,008
2000 Washington State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $11,665
1998 Washington State Senate, District 36 Won $56,166
1994 Washington State Senate, District 36 Won $62,641
1992 Washington State House, District 36 Won $47,976
Grand Total Raised $565,683

2012

Kohl-Welles won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $29,674.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeanne Kohl-Welles's campaign in 2012
Microsoft$1,600
Hales Ales Brewery$1,283
SEIU Healthcare Local 1199NW$900
Washington State Residential Care Council$900
Washington State Machinists & Aerospace Workers Council$900
Total Raised in 2012$29,674
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kohl-Welles won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $101,478.

2008

Kohl-Welles was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $52,743.

2006

Kohl-Welles won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $141,399.

2004

Kohl-Welles was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $13,933.

2002

Kohl-Welles won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $48,008.

2000

Kohl-Welles was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $11,665.

1998

Kohl-Welles won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $56,166.

1994

Kohl-Welles won election to the Washington State Senate in 1994. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $62,641.

1992

Kohl-Welles won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1992. During that election cycle, Kohl-Welles raised a total of $47,976.

Scorecards

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2014

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.

2012

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] Kohl-Welles missed 7 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.[11]

2012

Kohl-Wells proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $24.27 billion, the 4th 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.[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 Kohl-Welles voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
N N Y N

Personal

Kohl-Welles and her husband Alex have five children.

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Washington Senate District 36
1994-2010
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