Marko Liias

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Marko Liias
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Washington State Senate, District 21
In office
2014 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives, District 21b
2008 - January 22, 2014.
Place of birthEdmonds, WA
Office website
Campaign website
Marko Liias (b. July 17, 1981) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 21. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 22, 2014, to replace Paull Shin, who resigned.

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.[1]

Committee assignments


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:


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



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.[2][3]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

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).[4] 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.[5]

Liias ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Kevin Morrison (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarko Liias Incumbent 60.6% 34,231
     Republican Kevin Morrison 39.4% 22,231
Total Votes 56,462


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

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)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Marko Liias (D) 25,491
Elizabeth Scott (R) 21,519
Washington House of Representatives, District 21b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marko Liias (D) 12,891 50.17%
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth Scott (R) 8,403 32.70%
Alan D. Tagle (R) 3,185 12.40%
Mike Huisman (SeniorSide) 1,215 4.73%


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

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)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marko Liias (D) 34,156 63.94%
Andrew Funk (R) 19,259 36.06%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7] 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.[8]

Marko Liias's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 21 Won $68,710
2010 Washington State House, District 21 Won $154,537
2008 Washington State House, District 21 Won $114,738
Grand Total Raised $337,985


Liias 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
Vigor Industrial$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.[9]

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


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.[10]

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] Liias missed 32 votes in a total of 1095 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.[12]


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.

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.[13] 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 Liias voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paull Shin
Washington State Senate District 21
January 22, 2014-present
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 21b
2009–January 22, 2014
Succeeded by
Lillian Ortiz-Self