Jeff Morris

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Jeff Morris
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Washington House of Representatives, District 40b
Incumbent
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Washington University, 1987
Personal
Birthday1964
Place of birthAnacortes, WA
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Jeff Morris (b. 1964) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He previously served as House Democratic Floor Leader and Speaker Pro Tempore.

Biography

Morris earned his B.A. in Political Science from Central Washington University in 1987.

Morris is currently the owner of a public relations firm. Morris was Political Director for United States Representative Al Swift from 1987 to 1993. He is also a past director of Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative. He has worked for APCO Associates in the past as well.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment
Technology and Economic Development, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

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 Jeff Morris (D) was unopposed in both the primary and the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Morris won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 40b. Morris was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Howard A. Pellett (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 40b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Morris Incumbent 75.4% 43,868
     Green Howard Pellett 24.6% 14,333
Total Votes 58,201

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Morris was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 40b. He defeated Howard Pellett in the August 17, 2010, primary. He defeated Republican John Swapp in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 40b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 33,064
John Swapp (R) 25,079
Washington House of Representatives, District 40b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 18,348 51.56%
Green check mark transparent.png John Swapp (R) 14,575 40.95%
Howard Pellett (G) 2,666 7.49%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Jeff Morris won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 40 receiving 76.35% of the vote (44,168 votes), defeating Green Party candidate Howard Pellett who received 23.65% of the vote (13,683 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 40(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 44,168 76.35%
Howard Pellett (G) 13,683 23.65%

Campaign donors

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

Comprehensive donor information for Morris is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Morris raised a total of $779,332 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

Jeff Morris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 40 Won $66,845
2010 Washington State House, District 40 Won $135,691
2008 Washington State House, District 40 Won $101,984
2006 Washington State House, District 40 Won $73,369
2004 Washington State House, District 40 Won $56,511
2002 Washington State House, District 40 Won $113,410
2000 Washington State House, District 40 Won $76,140
1998 Washington State House, District 40 Won $83,074
1996 Washington State House, District 40 Won $72,308
Grand Total Raised $779,332

2012

Morris won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Morris raised a total of $66,845.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Morris's campaign in 2012
Premera Blue Cross$1,800
Centurylink$1,800
Washington Restaurant Association$1,800
Puget Sound Energy$1,800
Broadband Communications Association Of Washington$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$66,845
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Morris was up for re-election, he collected $135,691 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Morris's campaign in 2010
Morris, Jeff$12,555
Broadband Communications Association Of Washington$1,600
Washington Credit Union League$1,600
Philip Morris$1,600
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $135,691

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Jeff Morris's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority $1,600
Camp For Tribal Self-Reliance/Washington Indian Gaming Association $1,600
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association $1,600
Puget Sound Energy $1,600
Avista Corp $1,600

Scorecards

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Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[12] Morris missed 32 votes 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.[13]

2012

Morris proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $69.8 million, the 63rd 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.[14] 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 Morris voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

Personal

Morris and his wife, Susan, have three children.

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 40
1997–present
Succeeded by
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