Marcus Riccelli

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Marcus Riccelli
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Washington House of Representatives, District 3a
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Deputy Majority Whip, Washington House of Representatives
Assistant Majority Whip, Washington House of Representatives
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGonzaga University, Spokane, 2000
Master'sUniversity of Washington, 2007
Place of birthSpokane
ProfessionSenior Policy Advisor, Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown
Office website
Campaign website
Marcus Riccelli is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Riccelli has served as Deputy Majority Whip since 2014 and Assistant Majority Whip in 2013.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Budget
Health Care and Wellness
Higher Education


Campaign themes


Riccelli's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Creating Economic Opportunity

  • Excerpt: "Marcus is committed to creating good-paying jobs for men and women in Spokane. This means investing in strategic industries like aerospace and biomedicine to attract hi-tech jobs and keep Spokane on the cutting edge of innovation."

Building a Strong Foundation for our Community

  • Excerpt: "Public investments in infrastructure and transportation lay the groundwork for strong communities and put people back to work."

Fostering Safe Communities

  • Excerpt: "As a parent, Marcus is working to keep Spokane’s neighborhoods safe for our children. He believes we need to work aggressively to reduce crime in our community, and part of that challenge means giving law enforcement the tools they need to serve our community."

Investing in the Next Generation

  • Excerpt: "As the father of two young children, he also knows that kindergarten is too long to wait for a strong start. That is why, in addition to promoting small class sizes and exceptional K-12 outcomes across the state, Marcus is fighting for high-quality early-learning programs and wrap-around services to help close the opportunity gap and ensure every child in Spokane and Washington has an opportunity to succeed."


Riccelli's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "With a decade of experience at the federal, state, and local levels making a difference for Spokane families and businesses and later as Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Lisa Brown, Marcus Riccelli is uniquely qualified to move our economy forward."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "I believe it is paramount to protect and preserve our environment. For us in Spokane, this means many things, but recovering the Spokane River is one of the most important. In Olympia, I will fight for legislation that will protect our river and help us preserve our environment for future generations."
  • Crime
Excerpt: "While Spokane is generally a safe community, we do have issues with crime that we must control to protect our citizens. From cracking down on meth labs, to working collaboratively to address the issue of gangs, I believe we need to find unique and effective ways to address crime in our community. "
  • Women’s Rights
Excerpt: "I have been surrounded by strong and intelligent women in my personal and professional lives. I believe in a woman’s right to choose. The idea that a woman may be paid less than a man for doing the same job is ludicrous to me. I will fight with all I have to protect the rights of all women. "
  • Marriage Equality
Excerpt: "I believe fully in marriage equality and will ardently support Referendum 74."



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 Marcus Riccelli (D) and Tim Benn (R) defeated Randy McGlenn, II (L) in the primary. Riccelli defeated Benn in the general election.[3][4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 3a General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Riccelli Incumbent 59.9% 19,946
     Republican Tim Benn 40.1% 13,349
Total Votes 33,295
Washington House of Representatives, District 3a Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Riccelli Incumbent 57.6% 11,873
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Benn 34.4% 7,084
     Libertarian Randy McGlenn II 8.1% 1,661
Total Votes 20,618


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Riccelli won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 3a. Riccelli advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Tim Benn (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 3a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Riccelli Incumbent 62.7% 31,303
     Republican Tim Benn 37.3% 18,641
Total Votes 49,944
Washington State House of Representatives, District 3a Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Riccelli 27.8% 6,277
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Benn 21.6% 4,868
     Democratic Jon Snyder 19.2% 4,317
     Democratic Bob Apple 18.1% 4,086
     Republican Morgan Oyler 13.3% 2,993
Total Votes 22,541

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[8] Comprehensive donor information for Riccelli is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Riccelli raised a total of $163,677 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[9]

Marcus Riccelli's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 3 Won $163,677
Grand Total Raised $163,677


Riccelli won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Riccelli raised a total of $163,677.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Marcus Riccelli's campaign in 2012
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$4,000
Smith, Sharon K$1,800
Washington Federation Of State Employees$1,800
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 44$1,800
Washington Education Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$163,677
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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.[11] 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.[11] Riccelli missed 0 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.



In 2014, Riccelli's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • AFT Washington
  • Amalgamated Transit Union 1015
  • State Senator Andy Billig – 3rd Legislative District
  • IAM District Lodge 751
  • International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council #5
  • Spokane City Councilmember Candace Mumm
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
  • State Representative Timm Ormsby – 3rd Legislative District
  • Professional & Technical Employees Local 17
  • Progressive Majority Washington


Riccelli and his wife, Amanda, have one child.[13]

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Washington House of Representatives District 31
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