|Washington State Senate, District 20|
|January 14, 2013 - present|
|January 9, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||Electrical Engineering, University of Washington|
|Master's||Business Administration and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Michigan|
|Service/branch||U.S. Navy Reserve|
|Profession||President of Braun Northwest, emergency vehicle manufacturing company|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Braun served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce & Labor, Vice-chair|
|• Governmental Operations|
|• Trade & Economic Development, Chair|
|• Ways & Means|
- See also: Public pensions in Washington
In January 2014, Braun supported legislation that would remove Washington elected officials from the state's pension system. “You might imagine there are some lawmakers that aren’t thrilled with the idea” Braun said in an interview. Braun also stated that the legislation would convince people that Washington lawmakers were leading on the issue of pension reform. “This is a chance for us to show that we are willing to lead by example,” Braun said. The legislation follows the example of other states, particularly Oregon, whose state legislature passed an end to guaranteed pensions for legislators back in 2013. A State Budget Solutions report issued in January 2014 concluded that the Washington pension system had $89 billion in unfunded liabilities.
- See also: Minimum wage on the ballot
In January 2014, Braun and other Republican legislators supported legislation that would pre-empt any city ordinance in Washington that would set minimum wage floors. If passed, the legislation would also revoke any minimum wage increases approved in cities and municipalities in Washington. The legislation was spurred by recent efforts in SeaTac to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour through a public vote. Braun stated that his bill is an attempt to protect Washington businesses that operate throughout the entire state and not a position in opposition to the minimum wage. “It’s not like business stops at the city line or the county line,” Braun said. “Making the system more complex is not going to help our situation.”
Braun's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
- A Focus on Job Creation
- Excerpt: "John will be an outspoken voice for lowering costs of doing business. John knows this will free up small businesses to do what they do best—develop products & services and hire more people. To that end, it’s time we had some serious tort reform as well as stability and efficiency in the regulatory environment."
- Spending & Taxes
- Excerpt: We must address escalating state wage, benefit, and retirement costs and reverse the growth of government. In times of plenty as well as times of need, we must focus on the priorities of government and basic services. We need Olympia to focus on our district’s needs—including a properly funded educational system and a transportation system that keeps our community moving with maintained bridges and roads. All this and more can and should be done with existing revenue—not new and higher taxes.
- Educating for our Future
- Excerpt: "Adequately funding education is important—but we must be smart with the money as well. That is why John is calling for policies that encourage effectiveness and accountability through transparency. When the public, parents, and elected officials know where tax dollars are going, we are all better able to address problems such as rising administrative costs and failing students."
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012
Braun won election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 20. Braun advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated incumbent Dan Swecker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Washington State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dan Swecker Incumbent||44.6%||24,075|
|Washington State Senate, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2012|
|Republican||John E. Braun||40.3%||9,327|
Comprehensive donor information for Braun is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Braun raised a total of $116,816 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.
|John Braun's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State Senate, District 20||$116,816|
|Grand Total Raised||$116,816|
2012Braun won election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Braun raised a total of $116,816.
|Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Braun's campaign in 2012|
|Braun, John E||$75,000|
|Braun, James R||$1,800|
|Braun, Linda K||$1,800|
|Braun, John R||$1,800|
|Braun, Denna J||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$116,816|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Braun lives with his wife, Marlo, and four children on a farm in Lewis County.
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- Office website
- Senate page
- Campaign Website
- Campaign Facebook Page
- Project VoteSmart Profile
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- WatchDog.org "Democratic opposition kills aggressive retirement reform in Washington state," Accessed February 20, 2014
- WatchDog.org "WA Republicans take aim at community organizers, minimum wage," Accessed February 10, 2014
- Election John Braun for Senate - 20th District, "New Leadership for a Better Future," accessed July 30, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State - 2012 Primary Candidates
- Follow the Money, "Braun, John E," accessed September 25, 2013
- Election John Braun for Senate - 20th District, "John Braun Believes…," accessed July 30, 2012
Dan Swecker (R)
|Washington State Senate District 20
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