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Mike Armstrong
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Washington House of Representatives District 12b
Former member
In office
2001 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth05/24/1957
Place of birthWenatchee, WA
Campaign website
Mike Armstrong (b. May 24, 1957) is a former Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 12 from 2001 to 2013. Armstrong held the positions of Assistant Republican Whip and Minority Deputy Leader. Armstrong was previously a member of the Wenatchee School District Board of Directors.

Armstrong is External Affairs Director for the Chelan County Port District. His experience includes being facilities manager for the Chelan County Public Utilities District,and maintenance supervisor. Armstrong attended Wenatchee Valley College from 1976 to 1977.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Armstrong ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 12b. Armstrong was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and was defeated by Brad Hawkins (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 12b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Hawkins 50.9% 26,186
     Republican Mike Armstrong Incumbent 49.1% 25,253
Total Votes 51,439


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mike Armstrong was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 12. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and defeated Republican Cliff Courtney in the November 2, 2010, general election.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 12b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Armstrong (R) 23,643
Cliff Courtney (R) 20,448
Washington House of Representatives, District 12b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Armstrong (R) 17,310 61.83%
Green check mark transparent.png Cliff Courtney (R) 10,684 38.17%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Mike Armstrong won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 12 receiving 56.25% of the vote (28,020 votes), defeating Republican Courtney Cox who received 43.75% of the vote (21,789 votes).[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 12(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Armstrong (R) 28,020 56.25%
Courtney Cox (R) 21,789 43.75%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6]


In 2010, a year in which Armstrong was up for re-election, he collected $101,822 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Armstrong's campaign in 2010
Physicians Insurance$1,600
Puget Sound Pilots$1,600
Community Bankers Association Of Washington$1,600
Optometric Physicians Of Washington$1,600
Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $101,822


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Mike Armstrong's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Balance Forward $12,500
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Eli Lilly & Co. $1,600
Washington Bankers Association $1,600
Washington Federation Of State Employees $1,600


Armstrong and his wife, Mary, have three 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 tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[8]


Armstrong proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $199.97 million, the 47th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]

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.[10] 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 Armstrong voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Mike Armstrong
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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Political offices
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 12
Succeeded by
Brad Hawkins (R)