John McCoy

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John McCoy
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Washington Senate District 38
In office
November 27, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House Of Representatives District 38a
High schoolEl Capitan High School
Place of birthTulalip, WA
Office website
Campaign website
John McCoy (b. October 29, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 38. He was first appointed to office by the Snohomish County Council November 27, 2013, to replace Nick Harper.[1]

McCoy served in the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 38 from 2002 to 2013.[2]


McCoy received his diploma from El Capitan High School in 1961. McCoy is currently general manager of Quil Ceda Village Business Park. He has also worked for United Information Systems as manager and as a Computer Technician for the White House. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1981.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs, Chair
Environment, Vice-chair


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


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


Campaign themes


McCoy's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]


  • Excerpt: "I brought in our share of the transportation dollars—a total of over $200 million over the next six years-- for projects like the I-5/SR 526 to Marine View Drive improvement"


  • Excerpt: "John voted to help small business provide health insurance to their employees."


  • Excerpt: "John sponsored legislation to provide tuition waivers for veterans who want to continue their education."


  • Excerpt: "I supported the creation of a new manufacturing job training center to help develop a new workforce for employers like Boeing."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent John McCoy (D) and Craig French (R) were unopposed in the primary. McCoy and French will face off in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

McCoy won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 38a. McCoy was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Sam Wilson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 38a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McCoy Incumbent 60.5% 30,486
     Republican Sam Wilson 39.5% 19,930
Total Votes 50,416


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

John McCoy was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 38a. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. He defeated Republican Hugh Fleet in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 38a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John McCoy (D) 21,875
Hugh Fleet (R) 15,910
Washington House of Representatives, District 38a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John McCoy (D) 11,077 53.83%
Green check mark transparent.png Hugh Fleet (R) 9,499 46.17%


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat John McCoy won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 23 receiving 57.55% of the vote (25,997 votes), defeating Cris Larson who received 42.45% of the vote (19,174 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 23(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John McCoy (D) 25,997 57.55%
Cris Larson (L) 19,174 42.45%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[8]

Comprehensive donor information for McCoy is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, McCoy raised a total of $765,273 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[9]

John McCoy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 38 Won $57,977
2010 Washington State House, District 38 Won $78,864
2008 Washington State House, District 38 Won $104,405
2006 Washington State House, District 38 Won $105,779
2004 Washington State House, District 38 Won $164,775
2002 Washington State House, District 38 Won $189,055
2000 Washington State House, District 10 Defeated $64,418
Grand Total Raised $765,273


McCoy won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $57,977.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John McCoy's campaign in 2012
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Broadband Communications Association Of Washington$1,800
Jamestown Sklallam Tribe$1,800
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,800
Nisqually Indian Tribe$1,700
Total Raised in 2012$57,977
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which McCoy was up for re-election, he collected $78,864 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John McCoy's campaign in 2010
Puget Sound Energy$1,600
Hoh Tribal Business Cmte$1,600
Molina Healthcare$1,600
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $78,864


Listed below are the five largest contributors to John McCoy's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Indian Gaming Association $1,600
Embarq Management Corp $1,600
Tulalip Tribes of Washington $1,600
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $1,600
Puget Sound Energy $1,600


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[11]

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] McCoy missed 36 votes in a total of 1092 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 taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[13]


McCoy proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $8.67 billion, the 6th 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 McCoy voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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


McCoy and his wife, Jeannie, have three children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Harper (D)
Washington State Senate District 38
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 38
Succeeded by
June Robinson