|Washington House Of Representatives District 38b|
|2005 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Central Washington University, 1967|
|Place of birth||Seattle, WA|
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.
Sells has served as Precinct Committee Officer for the Democratic Party.
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|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sells served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education Appropriations and Oversight|
|• Higher Education|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sells served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• General Government Appropriations|
|• Higher Education, Vice-chair|
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.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 38b, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Mike Sells Incumbent||62.4%||30,832|
Sells was re-elected to the Washington State 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)|
|Mike Sells (D)||22,043|
|Iris Lilly (R)||15,602|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 38b Primary (2010)|
|Mike Sells (D)||11,474||56.27%|
|Iris Lilly (R)||8,918||43.73%|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 23(2008)|
|Mike Sells (D)||36,293||100.00%|
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.
|Mike Sells's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 38||$46,161|
|2010||Washington State House, District 38||$37,191|
|2008||Washington State House, District 38||$35,275|
|2006||Washington State House, District 38||$43,331|
|2004||Washington State House, District 38||$77,167|
|Grand Total Raised||$239,125|
2012Sells 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|
In 2010, a year in which Sells was up for re-election, he collected $37,191 in donations.
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|
Listed below are the five largest contributors to Mike Sells's 2008 campaign.
|Washington Education Association||$1,600|
|University of Washington||$1,600|
|Washington State Dental Association||$1,600|
|Washington Beverage Association||$1,500|
- 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.
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.
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. 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 Sells voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Mike Sells|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Sells and his wife, Gayle, have two children.
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- Washington House of Representatives - Rep. Sells
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Project Vote Smart - Rep Sells
- C-SPAN, "AP Election Results - Washington State House of Representatives," accessed August 7, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," retrieved July 16, 2012
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington State Election Results
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission "Contribution Limits"
- Follow the Money, "Sells, Michael S," accessed September 30, 2013
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state representatives by proposed new taxes and fees
- Freedom Foundation, "Legislative Voting Record," accessed October 10, 2013
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