Michael Baumgartner

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Michael Baumgartner
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Washington State Senate District 6
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University, 1999
Master'sHarvard University
Place of birthPullman, WA
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Baumgartner is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Baumgartner ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and lost in the general election.[1]


Baumgartner holds a B.A. in economics from Washington State University and an MPA in international development from Harvard University. He was formerly an Economic Affairs Officer with the U.S. State Department in Iraq and is currently a part-time economic adviser to the United States military.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Human Services & Corrections
Trade & Economic Development
Ways & Means, Vice-chair


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


Campaign themes


Baumgartner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]:

  • Developing diverse domestic energy sources
  • Balancing the budget
  • Creating jobs through decreasing hindrances to businesses

Baumgartner said he was a "pragmatic conservative."[3]


Baumgartner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Reduce Wasteful Government Spending
Excerpt: "I believe my background in economics will help, but more important is to have common sense and courage to stand up to the special interests and insist that wasteful spending end."
  • Stop Tax and Fee Increases
Excerpt: "We don’t need more taxes; we need to reduce spending."
  • Support Good Jobs
Excerpt: "If elected, one of my first actions would be to work across partisan lines, bringing together major employers like Avista with political leaders like the mayor and county commissioners to work together for sustainable job growth."
  • Improve Schools
Excerpt: "We must do more to improve public schools and ensure that students receive an education that will prepare them for happy, productive lives in a competitive 21st Century. The Legislature’s recent cuts to public schools and universities are endangering our state’s future."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate will consist of a blanket primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Michael Baumgartner (R) and Rich Cowan (D) are unopposed in the primary.[4]


See also: United States Senate elections in Washington, 2012

Baumgartner ran for the United States Senate in 2012 as a Republican. He faced incumbent Maria Cantwell (D), Timmy Wilson (D), Chuck Jackson (R), Art Coday (R), Mike the Mover (R), Glen Stockwell (R), and Will Baker (I) in the August 7 primary.[5] The top two vote-getters were Cantwell and Baumgartner, who advanced to the general election ballot.[6] He and Maria Cantwell advanced past the blanket primary to the general election on November 6, 2012.[7] Cantwell defeated Baumgartner in the general election.[1]

Incumbent Maria Cantwell had a $4.5 million advantage over any of her challengers.[8]

Baumgartner considered his an "underdog campaign."[3] He said Cantwell "bought her way into office 12 years ago.... At the end of the day campaigns aren't about dollars, they're about who has better solutions."[8]

U.S. Senate, Washington, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Cantwell Incumbent 60.5% 1,855,493
     Republican Michael Baumgartner 39.5% 1,213,924
Total Votes 3,069,417
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Michael Baumgartner defeated incumbent Chris Marr (D) in the November 2, 2010, general election for the Washington State Senate District 6. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 17, 2010.

Washington State Senate, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Baumgartner (R) 33,929 53.71%
Chris Marr (D) 29,237 46.29%
Washington State Senate, District 6 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Baumgartner (R) 21,263 53.30%
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Marr (D) 18,630 46.70%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baumgartner is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Baumgartner raised a total of $1,592,151 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[9]

Michael Baumgartner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 United States Senate/Washington State Senate, District 6 Defeated $1,147,695
2010 Washington State Senate, District 6 Won $444,456
Grand Total Raised $1,592,151


U.S. Senate

Breakdown of the source of Baumgartner's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Baumgartner lost an election to the United States Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Baumgartner's campaign committee raised a total of $1,139,664 and spent $1,019,060.[10]

State Senate

Baumgartner was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Baumgartner raised a total of $8,031.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Baumgartner's campaign in 2012
Parker Northwest Associates$1,000
Washington Chiropractic Trust$800
Abbott Laboratories$700
Desautel-Hege Communications$500
Sabey Corp$400
Total Raised in 2012$8,031
Source:Follow the Money


Baumgartner won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Baumgartner raised a total of $444,456.


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] Baumgartner missed 97 votes in a total of 1017 roll calls. Baumgartner responded to the number of votes missed. “My wife gave birth to our third child, Victoria, in February. We experienced some complications with my wife’s pregnancy causing me to miss votes during session,” he said.[12]

Freedom Foundation


See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation 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 Baumgartner voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Michael Baumgartner
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Baumgartner has a partner, Elenor.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Marr
Washington Senate District 6
Succeeded by