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Larry Springer

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Larry Springer
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Washington House of Representatives District 45b
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Deputy Majority Leader, Washington House of Representatives
2014-Present
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Kirkland
2000 - 2003
Education
Bachelor'sWestern Washington State College, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Oregon, 1974
Personal
Birthday01/30/1947
Place of birthSnoqualmie, WA
ProfessionEducator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Larry Springer (b. January 30, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Springer has served as Deputy Majority Leader since 2014.

Biography

Springer earned a M.S. in Family Counseling from the University of Oregon in 1974. Springer earned his B.A. in Education from Western Washington State College in 1969. He has been the owner of The Grape Choice since 1982. Springer was a teacher for the Auburn School District from 1969 to 1974. He then worked as Administrative Director for King County Youth Services from 1977 to 1980. From 1984 to 1986, he was owner of The Feed Store Restaurant.

Springer was Mayor of the City of Kirkland from 2000 to 2003. He also served as Council Member for the Kirkland City Council from 1994 to 2004. He is a former Majority Assistant Whip and Majority Floor Leader.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Finance
Local Government

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Springer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt: "I’ll work with employers large and small to protect existing jobs and bring new jobs to our region in growing areas like alternative energy, biotechnology, biofuels and emerging industries."

Parks & Open Spaces

  • Excerpt: "I’ll work with local government—and landowners—to assure that we protect it both rights and the environment."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I’ll make sure we invest in our schools and teachers—not school bureaucracy—and assure that every student that wants to attend college in Washington has access to the school of their choice."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "You can count on me to focus on safety and maintenance first, and invest in projects that best move people and goods efficiently."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "I’m fighting to make sure everyone has access to affordable health care."

Elections

2014

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives will consist of a blanket primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Larry Springer (D) and Brendan Woodward (R) are unopposed in the primary.[3]

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Springer won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 45b. Springer was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Jim Thatcher (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Springer Incumbent 57.8% 38,640
     Republican Jim Thatcher 42.2% 28,213
Total Votes 66,853

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Larry Springer was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 45b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. In the November 2, 2010, general election he defeated Republican Mark Isaacs.

Washington House of Representatives, District 45b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Springer (D) 33,083
Mark Isaacs (R) 23,738
Washington House of Representatives, District 45b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Springer (D) 16,959 55.34%
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Isaacs (R) 13,687 44.66%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Larry Springer won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 45 receiving 59.72% of the vote (37,058 votes), defeating Republican Kevin Haistings who received 40.28% of the vote (25,000 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Springer (D) 37,058 59.72%
Kevin Haistings (R) 25,000 40.28%

Campaign donors

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

Comprehensive donor information for Springer is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Springer raised a total of $991,497 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

Larry Springer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 45 Won $173,054
2010 Washington State House, District 45 Won $177,062
2008 Washington State House, District 45 Won $221,549
2006 Washington State House, District 45 Won $231,753
2004 Washington State House, District 45 Won $188,079
Grand Total Raised $991,497

2012

Springer won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Springer raised a total of $173,054.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Springer's campaign in 2012
Springer, Lawrence S$2,933
Washington Beverage Association$1,800
Aerospace Futures Alliance Of Washington$1,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$173,054
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Springer was up for re-election, he collected $177,062 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Springer's campaign in 2010
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$4,339
Washington Association Of Realtors$1,600
Washington State Patrol Troopers Association$1,600
Naiop Washington State Chapter$1,600
Waste Management$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $177,062

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Larry Springer's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Friends of Larry Springer $15,000
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $2,400
45th District Democrats $2,000
Matthew G. Loschen $1,675
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe $1,600

Scorecards

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

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2014

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

2012

In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[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] Springer missed 0 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.[13]

2012

Springer proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $3.81 billion, the 24th 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 Springer voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Larry Springer
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 Y

Personal

Springer is married to Penny Sweet and has one stepchild.

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 45
2005–present
Succeeded by
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