John Braun

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John Braun
Washington State Senate, District 20
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sElectrical Engineering, University of Washington
Master'sBusiness Administration and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Michigan
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy Reserve
ProfessionPresident of Braun Northwest, emergency vehicle manufacturing company
Office website
Campaign website
John Braun is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Beginning in 2013, Braun served as Assistant Majority Whip.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce & Labor, Vice-Chair
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
Trade & Economic Development, Vice-Chair
Ways & Means, Vice-Chair


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


Pension reform

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 in 2013. A State Budget Solutions report issued in January 2014 concluded that the Washington pension system had $89 billion in unfunded liabilities.[1]

Minimum wage

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.”[2]

Campaign themes


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.[3]

Washington State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Braun 55.4% 29,943
     Republican Dan Swecker Incumbent 44.6% 24,075
Total Votes 54,018
Washington State Senate, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Swecker 47% 10,861
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Braun 40.3% 9,327
     Republican Rae Lowery 12.7% 2,936
Total Votes 23,124

Campaign donors

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.[4]

John Braun's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 20 Won $116,816
Grand Total Raised $116,816


Braun won election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Braun raised a total of $116,816.


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[5]

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."
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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.[6] 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.[6] Braun missed 2 votes in a total of 1017 roll calls.


Braun lives with his wife, Marlo, and four children on a farm in Lewis County.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Swecker (R)
Washington State Senate District 20
Succeeded by