|Washington State Senate, District 26|
|January 21, 2013 - December 20, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed by||Kitsap Board of Commissioners, Pierce County Council|
|Bachelor's||Pacific Lutheran University|
|J.D.||University of Washington|
|M.D.||University of Washington|
|Place of birth||Bremerton, Washington|
Schlicher received his bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and his J.D. and M.D. from the University of Washington. He is a clinician and associate director of the emergency department at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Schlicher served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Health Care|
|• Trade & Economic Development|
Schlicher ran for re-election in the special election for Washington State Senate District 26. The election was for the remaining year of Derek Kilmer (D)'s term. Schlicher was selected to fill Kilmer's vacancy for the 2013 legislative session. Schlicher was defeated by Rep. Jan Angel (R) in the special election, which took place on November 5. Schlicher conceded the race after trailing by more than 1,500 votes on November 7.
|Washington State Senate, District 26, Special Election, 2013|
|Democratic||Nathan Schlicher Incumbent||47.9%||22,192|
More than $2.3 million was been spent on this race, making it the most expensive state legislative campaign in Washington history. The candidates themselves reported spending nearly $1.2 million while outside spending as accounted for another $1.2 million. More than half of that million was spent in opposition to Angel. This campaign drew significant interest because the Republican-led coalition held a one-vote majority in the chamber. Analysts believed that if Angel won the seat, it would give Republicans a foothold that would be hard to lose in the midterm elections. A win for Schlicher, however, would seal the fate of the Republican-lead coalition in those same elections.
A week before this special election, internal polling by both Democrats and Republicans showed the race to be a virtual tie. In an August 6 primary, Angel defeated Schlicher by more than nine points - 54.6% to 45.4%. The district is considered evenly split, with President Obama winning by 900 votes in the 2012 presidential election.
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. Schlicher missed 2 votes in a total of 619 roll calls.
Schlicher and his wife have two children.
- Sen. Schlicher's website (Archived)
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Washington State Senate Democrats - Nathan Schlicher
- Gig Harbor Patch, "Gig Harbor's Nathan Schlicher Will Replace Derek Kilmer in State Legislature," January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013
- Washington State Senate Democrats, "Schlicher sworn in," January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013
- gigharbor.patch.com, "Gig Harbor's Nathan Schlicher Will Replace Derek Kilmer in State Legislature," August 19, 2013
- wei.sos.wa.gov, "State candidates in lot order," accessed August 5, 2013
- blogs.seattletimes.com, " Democrats lose state Senate seat as Schlicher concedes," November 7, 2013
- vote.wa.gov, "Official election results," accessed December 11, 2013
- sunherald.com, "Big money pouring into Wash. Senate race," October 20, 2013
- washingtonpost.com, "Washington state special election could decide party control," October 23, 2013
- Washington Policy Center, "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
Derek Kilmer (D)
|Washington State Senate District 25
January 2013-December 2013
| Succeeded by|
Jan Angel (R)