Mike Sells

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Mike Sells
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Washington House of Representatives District 38b
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Washington University, 1967
Personal
Birthday07/28/1945
Place of birthSeattle, WA
ProfessionEducator
Websites
Office website
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Mike Sells (b. July 28, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 38. He was first elected in 2004.

Biography

Sells earned his B.A. in Education/History from Central Washington University in 1967. He went on to receive his Fifth-Year Teacher Certification from the University of Washington in 1971.

Sells was president of Local 772 for Everett Federation of Teachers from 1969 to 1980. He also worked as teacher for Everett School District from 1967 to 1991. From 1981 to 1998 he was President of the Everett Education Association. He has been Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Snohomish County Labor Council of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization since 1976.[1]

Sells has served as Precinct Committee Officer for the Democratic Party.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Labor and Workforce Development, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives 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 Mike Sells (D) and Elijah Olson (L) are unopposed in the primary.[2]

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sells won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 38b. Sells was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Michael Casey (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 38b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sells Incumbent 62.4% 30,832
     Republican Michael Casey 37.6% 18,596
Total Votes 49,428

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sells was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 38b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. He defeated Republican Iris Lilly in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 38b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Sells (D) 22,043
Iris Lilly (R) 15,602
Washington House of Representatives, District 38b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Sells (D) 11,474 56.27%
Green check mark transparent.png Iris Lilly (R) 8,918 43.73%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mike Sells won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 38 receiving 100.00% of the vote (36,293 votes). He ran unopposed.

Washington House of Representatives, District 23(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Sells (D) 36,293 100.00%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5]

Comprehensive donor information for Sells is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Sells raised a total of $239,125 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[6]

Mike Sells's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 38 Won $46,161
2010 Washington State House, District 38 Won $37,191
2008 Washington State House, District 38 Won $35,275
2006 Washington State House, District 38 Won $43,331
2004 Washington State House, District 38 Won $77,167
Grand Total Raised $239,125

2012

Sells won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sells raised a total of $46,161.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Sells's campaign in 2012
SEIU Healthcare Local 1199Nw United For Quality Care$1,800
Washington State Trooppers - PAC$1,800
Washington State Dental Association$1,800
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$46,161
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Sells was up for re-election, he collected $37,191 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Sells's campaign in 2010
Electrical Workers Local 191$1,600
International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 302$1,600
Washington Beverage Association$1,600
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,600
Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $37,191

2008

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

Donor Amount
Washington Education Association $1,600
University of Washington $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Philip Morris $1,500
Washington Beverage Association $1,500

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[8]

2012

In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[9]

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.[10] 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.[10] Sells missed 0 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.

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.[11]

2012

Sells proposed a 10-year decrease in state taxes and fees of $1.6 billion, the lowest amount of proposed new net taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.

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.[12] 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 Sells voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Mike Sells
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
Y Y Y N

Personal

Sells and his wife, Gayle, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 38
2005–present
Succeeded by
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