|Washington State Senate, District 21|
|2014 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 21b|
|2008 - January 22, 2014.|
|Place of birth||Edmonds, WA|
He previously served in the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 21b from 2008 to January 22, 2014.
Liias earned his B.S.F.S. in International Politics and graduated from Georgetown University in 2003. He is currently attending the University of Washington, studying Public Administration.
Liias has served on the Mukilteo City Council, and was Student Director of the Mukilteo School Board and Precinct Committee Officer for Mukilteo 09. He also served as an intern for United States Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington and Eliot Engel of New York.
He has worked as a Researcher for KING-5, a Freelance Reporter for Mukilteo Beacon, a general contractor, and a small business owner. From 2003 to 2008, he was Vice President of Rick Liias Construction Inc.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Liias served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Local Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Liias served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Technology, Energy and Communications|
|• Transportation, Vice-chair|
|• Joint Transportation|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Liias served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|• Community and Economic Development and Trade|
|• Transportation, Vice-chair|
- 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 Marko Liias (D) and Dan Matthews (R) were unopposed in the primary. Liias and Matthews will face off in the general election.
Liias initially announced an intention to run for U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. He planned to seek the seat being vacated by Jay Inslee (D). However, the redistricting map left Edmonds -- the home town for Liias -- out of the vacated 1st District. Liias said he would seek re-election to District 21b of the state house in 2012.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 21b, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Marko Liias Incumbent||60.6%||34,231|
Marko Liias was elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 21. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Republican Elizabeth Scott in the November 2, 2010 general election.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 21b General Election (2010)|
|Marko Liias (D)||25,491|
|Elizabeth Scott (R)||21,519|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 21b Primary (2010)|
|Marko Liias (D)||12,891||50.17%|
|Elizabeth Scott (R)||8,403||32.70%|
|Alan D. Tagle (R)||3,185||12.40%|
|Mike Huisman (SeniorSide)||1,215||4.73%|
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Marko Liias won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 21 receiving 63.94% of the vote (34,156 votes), defeating Republican Andrew Funk who received 36.06% of the vote (19,259 votes).
|Washington House of Representatives, District 21(2008)|
|Marko Liias (D)||34,156||63.94%|
|Andrew Funk (R)||19,259||36.06%|
In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.
Comprehensive donor information for Liias is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Liias raised a total of $337,985 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.
|Marko Liias's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 21||$68,710|
|2010||Washington State House, District 21||$154,537|
|2008||Washington State House, District 21||$114,738|
|Grand Total Raised||$337,985|
2012Liias won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Liias raised a total of $68,710.
|Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Marko Liias's campaign in 2012|
|Washington Indian Gaming Association||$1,800|
|Washington Education Association||$1,800|
|Seattle Police Officers Guild||$1,800|
|Washington Beverage Association||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$68,710|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Liias was up for re-election, he collected $154,537 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Marko Liias's campaign in 2010|
|House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington||$5,557|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$2,400|
|Physical Therapy Association Of Washington||$2,100|
|Washington Healthcare Association||$1,600|
|Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$154,537|
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Missed Votes Report
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. 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. Liias missed 32 votes in a total of 1095 roll calls.
- 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.
Liias proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $2.12 billion, the 35th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
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. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Liias voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Marko Liias|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Marko + Liias + Washington + Senate"
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- Washington State Legislature
- Washington State Senate
- Washington State Senate Committees
- Washington Joint Committees
- Washington State Senate District 21
- Marko Liias' personal website
- Washington House of Representatives - Sen. Liias
- Profile from Open States
- Profile by Vote-USA
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- Marko Liias on Facebook
- Marko Liias on Twitter
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 14, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 20, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "August 5, 2014 Primary Results," accessed August 5, 2014
- Seattle PI "Re. Marko Liias running for Congress," August 2, 2011
- Herald Net, "Stymied by redistricting, Liias scraps run for Congress," January 4, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed July 16, 2012
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Contribution Limits"
- Follow the Money, "Liias, Marko S," accessed September 30, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed April 10, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 23, 2014
- Washington Policy Center, "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
- Freedom Foundation, "2012 Big Spender List," accessed April 10, 2014
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
|Washington State Senate District 21
January 22, 2014-present
| Succeeded by|
|Washington House of Representatives District 21b
2009–January 22, 2014
| Succeeded by|