|Washington State Senate District 6|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Washington State University, 1999|
|Place of birth||Pullman, WA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Economic Development, Trade & Innovation|
|• Higher Education & Workforce Development|
|• Ways and Means|
Baumgartner's website highlighted the following campaign themes::
- Developing diverse domestic energy sources
- Balancing the budget
- Creating jobs through decreasing hindrances to businesses
Baumgartner said he was a "pragmatic conservative."
Baumgartner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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.
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. The top two vote-getters were Cantwell and Baumgartner, who advanced to the general election ballot. He and Maria Cantwell advanced past the blanket primary to the general election on November 6, 2012. Cantwell defeated Baumgartner in the general election.
Baumgartner considered his an "underdog campaign." 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."
|U.S. Senate, Washington, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Maria Cantwell Incumbent||60.5%||1,855,493|
|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)|
|Michael Baumgartner (R)||33,929||53.71%|
|Chris Marr (D)||29,237||46.29%|
|Washington State Senate, District 6 Primary (2010)|
|Michael Baumgartner (R)||21,263||53.30%|
|Chris Marr (D)||18,630||46.70%|
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.
|Michael Baumgartner's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||United States Senate/Washington State Senate, District 6||$1,147,695|
|2010||Washington State Senate, District 6||$444,456|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,592,151|
|U.S. Senate, Washington, 2012 - Michael Baumgartner Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$11,978,158|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$11,198,862|
|Top contributors to Michael Baumgartner's campaign committee|
|Red Lion Hotels||$6,400|
|Inland Empire Paper||$6,250|
|Anderson Hay & Grain||$5,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$26,670|
|Securities & Investment||$23,500|
State SenateBaumgartner 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|
|Total Raised in 2012||$8,031|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Baumgartner won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Baumgartner raised a total of $444,456.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michael Baumgartner's campaign in 2010|
|Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Washington||$66,322|
|Washington State Republican Party||$58,415|
|6th District Legislative Cmte||$33,500|
|Baumgartner, Michael J||$4,264|
|Total Raised in 2010||$444,456|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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. 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.
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. 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 Baumgartner voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 Senate Scorecard - Michael Baumgartner|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Baumgartner has a partner, Elenor.
- Washington State Legislature
- Washington State Senate
- Washington State Senate Committees
- Washington Joint Committees
- Washington State Senate District 5
- Profile from Open States
- Profile by Vote-USA
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Baumgartner's campaign website
- Michael Maungartner on the Washington State Senate website
- Michael Baumgartner on the Senate Republican Caucus website
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Baumgartner on Facebook
- CNN, "Washignton Senate Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed April 10, 2014
- Michael Baumgartner campaign website, "Issues," accessed July 31, 2012
- The Republic, "Republican US Senate challenger Michael Baumgartner is a man in a hurry," July 14, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 20, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings," accessed May 18, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012
- AP, "Primary Results," accessed April 10, 2014
- Seattle Times, "Senate race Cantwell's to lose — unless Obama support craters," July 10, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Baumgartner, Michael," accessed September 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Michael Baumgartner 2012 Election Cycle," accessed April 15, 2013
- Washington Policy Center, "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
- Washington Policy, "2014 Missed Votes Report," accessed April 9, 2014
- Freedom Foundation, "Legislative Voting Record," accessed October 10, 2013
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