|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 has 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 of Angel. This campaign drew significant interest because the Republican-led coalition held a one-vote majority in the chamber. Analysts believed that should Angel win the seat, it may give Republicans a foothold that will be hard to lose in the midterm elections next year. A win for Schlicher, however, may 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.
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
Derek Kilmer (D)
|Washington State Senate District 25
January 2013-December 2013
| Succeeded by|
Jan Angel (R)