Mary Lou Dickerson

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Mary Lou Dickerson
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Washington House of Representatives District 36b
Former member
In office
1995 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Date of birth09/03/1946
Place of birthSalem, OR
Mary Lou Dickerson (b. September 3, 1946) is a former Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 36 from 1995 to 2013.

Dickerson is a writer. Previously, Dickerson was Executive Director for North Seattle Youth Services, Program Development Director for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Association, Program Manager for Echo Glen Treatment Center, and Executive Director for the Bellevue Schools Foundation.

Dickerson earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She went on to receive her MSW from the University of Hawaii. She then did post-graduate studies in business and public administration.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mary Lou Dickerson was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 36b. She ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. She defeated Republican Jill England in the November 2, 2010 general election.[2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 36b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Lou Dickerson (D) 49,778
Jill England (R) 11,459
Washington House of Representatives, District 35b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Lou Dickerson (D) 26,205 80.47%
Green check mark transparent.png Jill England (R) 6,359 19.53%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mary Lou Dickerson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 36 receiving 84.52% of the vote (59,589 votes), defeating Republican Leslie Klein who received 15.48% of the vote (10,914 votes).[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 36(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Lou Dickerson (D) 59,589 84.52%
Leslie Klein (R) 10,914 15.48%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[4]


In 2010, a year in which Dickerson was up for re-election, she collected $33,850 in donations.[5]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Lou Dickerson's campaign in 2010
Washington Federation Of State Employees$1,600
Puget Sound Citizens For Political Responsibility$800
Hills, Jamie$800
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587$800
Washington Credit Union League$800
Total Raised in 2010 $33,850


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Mary Lou Dickerson's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,600
Washington Healthcare Association $1,500
Amalgamated Transit Union $800
Washington State Patrol Troopers Association $800
Washington-Pace $800


Dickerson and her husband, John Birnel, have two children.


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.[6]


Dickerson proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.98 billion, the 20th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[7]

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.[8] 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 Dickerson voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Mary Lou Dickerson
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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Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 36
Succeeded by
Gael Tarleton (D)