Mary Helen Roberts

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Mary Helen Roberts
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Washington House of Representatives District 21a
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
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
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Los Angeles, 1969
Personal
Birthday09/14/1947
Place of birthPortland, OR
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mary Helen Roberts (b. September 14, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Roberts earned her B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles in 1969.

Roberts has been a Budget Analyst, Appropriations Committee for the Washington State House of Representatives and a Project Officer, Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce. She has served as Chair of the Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee, Advance Person for the McGovern for President Campaign, Statewide Fundraising Coordinator for the McDermott for Governor Campaign, Campaign Manager for the McDermott for Congress Campaign, Volunteer for the Lowry for Congress Campaign, Women's Issues Outreach Coordinator/Co-Office Manager/Press Assistant for the Lindquist for Congress Campaign, and Snohomish County Coordinator for the Clinton for President Campaign.

Roberts is owner of Two Dragons Imports. She has been an Account Executive, Western Region for Citicorp Services, a Policy Analyst for Planned Parenthood-World Population, a Fund Development Manager for the Program for Early Parent Support, an Independent Consultant for the Snohomish County Transportation Planning Agency, Children's Alliance, Former Executive Director, Washington State Women's Council.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning and Human Services
Judiciary
Public Safety, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Roberts ran in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 21a. Roberts ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mary Helen Roberts was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 21. She ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Republican Ed Borey in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 21a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Helen Roberts (D) 26,612
Ed Borey (R) 20,633
Washington House of Representatives, District 21a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Helen Roberts (D) 14,779 56.76%
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Borey (R) 11,261 43.24%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mary Helen Roberts won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 21 receiving 67.59% of the vote (36,352 votes), defeating Republican Brian M. Travis who received 32.41% of the vote (17,433 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 21(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Helen Roberts (D) 36,352 67.59%
Brian M. Travis (R) 17,433 32.41%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates. Comprehensive donor information for Roberts is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Roberts raised a total of $264,945 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[3]

Mary Helen Roberts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 21 Won $17,150
2010 Washington State House, District 21 Won $54,141
2008 Washington State House, District 21 Won $16,753
2006 Washington State House, District 21 Won $37,631
2004 Washington State House, District 21 Won $78,036
1994 Washington State Senate, District 21 Defeated $61,234
Grand Total Raised $264,945

2012

Roberts won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Roberts raised a total of $17,150.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Helen Roberts's campaign in 2012
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund NW Credit Union Assoc$1,800
Washington Healthcare Association$1,700
Washington State Council Of Fire Fighters$1,400
Washington State Hospital Association$900
Total Raised in 2012$17,150
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Roberts was up for re-election, she collected $54,141 in donations.[4]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Helen Roberts's campaign in 2010
Washington Credit Union League$1,600
Puget Sound Citizens For Political Responsibility$1,600
Victims Advocate$1,600
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association$1,600
Washington Federation Of State Employees$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $54,141

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to Mary Helen Roberts' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Community Education Centers $1,600

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[7] Roberts missed 25 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.[8]

2012

Roberts proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $5.42 billion, the 17th 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.[9] 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 Roberts voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Mary Helen Roberts
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
N Y Y Y

Personal

Roberts is single and has two children.

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 21
2005–present
Succeeded by
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