Mary Helen Roberts
|Mary Helen Roberts|
|Washington House of Representatives District 21a|
|2005 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of California Los Angeles, 1969|
|Place of birth||Portland, OR|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Roberts served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Early Learning and Human Services|
|• Public Safety, Vice-chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Roberts served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Early Learning and Human Services, Vice-chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Roberts served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Early Learning and Children's Services, Vice-chair|
|• Health and Human Services Appropriations|
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.
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)|
|Mary Helen Roberts (D)||26,612|
|Ed Borey (R)||20,633|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 21a Primary (2010)|
|Mary Helen Roberts (D)||14,779||56.76%|
|Ed Borey (R)||11,261||43.24%|
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)|
|Mary Helen Roberts (D)||36,352||67.59%|
|Brian M. Travis (R)||17,433||32.41%|
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.
|Mary Helen Roberts's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 21||$17,150|
|2010||Washington State House, District 21||$54,141|
|2008||Washington State House, District 21||$16,753|
|2006||Washington State House, District 21||$37,631|
|2004||Washington State House, District 21||$78,036|
|1994||Washington State Senate, District 21||$61,234|
|Grand Total Raised||$264,945|
2012Roberts 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|
In 2010, a year in which Roberts was up for re-election, she collected $54,141 in donations.
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|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$1,600|
|Washington Federation Of State Employees||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$54,141|
Listed below is the largest contributor to Mary Helen Roberts' 2008 campaign.
|Community Education Centers||$1,600|
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. Roberts missed 25 votes in a total of 1211 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.
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.
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 Roberts voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Mary Helen Roberts|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Roberts is single and has two children.
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- Profile from Open States
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 1994
- Mary Helen Roberts on LinkedIn
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 16, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed July 16, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Roberts, Mary Helen," accessed September 30, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed April 16, 2014
- Washington Policy Center, "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
- Freedom Foundation, "2012 Big Spender List," accessed April 16, 2014
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
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