Kathy Haigh

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Kathy Haigh
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Washington House of Representatives, District 35a
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday12/03/1950
Place of birthLorain, OH
ProfessionVeterinarian
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kathy Haigh (b. December 3, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 35. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Haigh earned her D.V.M. from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. She then interned at the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Haigh has been the owner of Haigh Veterinary Hospital, Incorporated since 1977. Haigh was President of the Southside School Board of Directors.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Appropriations
Education

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Haigh's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt: "As a small business owner, Kathy Haigh understands that our economic downturn has a real impact on people in our area. Kathy believes we need to hold the line on taxes, reduce unnecessary regulations, and invest in infrastructure to help businesses grow."

Education

  • Excerpt: "As a School Board Member for 12 years, Kathy supports a whole-system approach that starts with early childhood wellness and full-time kindergarten and ends with increased access to college, vocational, and technical schools so that people are prepared for the new economy."

Efficiency

  • Excerpt: "Kathy believes that government must live within its means and be accountable and responsive to the people it serves. Kathy has been leading the way in the House for a better government--pushing for performance audits and accountability measures that make government more efficient and effective."

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 Kathy Haigh (D) and Dan Griffey (R) defeated Josiah Rowell (R) in the primary. Haigh was defeated by Griffey in the general election.[3][4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 35a Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Haigh Incumbent 49.7% 14,785
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Griffey 29.5% 8,775
     Republican Josiah Rowell 20.8% 6,171
Total Votes 29,731

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Haigh won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 35a. Haigh was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Dan Griffey (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 35a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Haigh Incumbent 51.4% 33,263
     Republican Dan Griffey 48.6% 31,439
Total Votes 64,702

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kathy Haigh was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 35. She ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Republican Dan Griffey in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 35a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kathy Haigh (D) 28,590
Dan Griffey (R) 27,566
Washington House of Representatives, District 35a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kathy Haigh (D) 17,727 50.33%
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Griffey (R) 17,495 49.67%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Kathy Haigh won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 35 receiving 61.67% of the vote (38,267 votes), defeating Republican Marco Brown who received 38.33% of the vote (23,788 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 35(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kathy Haigh (D) 38,267 61.67%
Marco Brown (R) 23,788 38.33%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[8] Comprehensive donor information for Haigh is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Haigh raised a total of $609,929 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[9]

Kathy Haigh's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 35 Won $182,095
2010 Washington State House, District 35 Won $104,598
2008 Washington State House, District 35 Won $61,808
2006 Washington State House, District 35 Won $47,183
2004 Washington State House, District 35 Won $33,279
2002 Washington State House, District 35 Won $40,888
2000 Washington State House, District 35 Won $67,863
1998 Washington State House, District 35 Won $72,215
Grand Total Raised $609,929

2012

Haigh won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Haigh raised a total of $182,095.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kathy Haigh's campaign in 2012
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$66,848
Washington State Democratic Party$30,609
Washington Education Association$1,800
Washington State Dental Association$1,800
Vigor Industrial$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$182,095
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Haigh was up for re-election, she collected $104,598 in donations.[10]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kathy Haigh's campaign in 2010
House Democratic Campaign Committee$10,476
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$5,000
Washington State Council Of County & City Employees$1,600
Washington Credit Union League$1,600
Justice PAC$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $104,598

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Kathy Haigh's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
35th Legislative District Democratic Committee $2,500
Washington State Dental Association $2,100
35th Legislative District Democrats $2,000
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Washington Education Association $1,600

Scorecards

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2014

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

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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[13] Haigh missed 2 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 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.[14]

2012

Haigh proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $8.67 billion, the 5th highest amount of proposed new spendingtaxes 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.[15] 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 Haigh voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Kathy Haigh
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 Y Y N

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Haigh's endorsements included the following:[16]

  • Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific
  • Retired Public Employees Council of Washington
  • American Federation of Teachers Washington
  • Washington Federation of State Employees
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
  • WSVMA-PAC
  • Kitsap County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8
  • AGC of Washington
  • Planned Parenthood

Personal

Haigh and her husband, Gary, have two children.

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 35
1999–present
Succeeded by
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