|Washington State Senate District 38|
|2011 - November 9, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||University of Washington|
Harper earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Seattle University. His background is in land use and housing policy, and he worked as an attorney before being elected to the Senate. He was the Legislative Director for the Snohomish County-Camano Island Association of Realtors, and currently serves as the Snohomish County Conservation Director of the Cascade Land Conservancy.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Human Services & Corrections|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Early Learning & K-12 Education, Vice-chair|
|• Judiciary, Vice-chair|
|• Human Services & Corrections|
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010
Harper's opponent in the August 17 primary was incumbent Jean Berkey. Harper defeated incumbent Jean Berkey in the District 38 primary on August 17 by a margin of 7,133-6,547. Rod Rieger (Conservative) was the other candidate to advance out of the primary. Harper defeated Rieger in the general election on November 2.
Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Harper was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator. 
|Washington State Senate, District 38 General Election (2010)|
|Nick Harper (D)||22,089||59.73%|
|Rod Rieger (R)||14,892||40.27%|
|Washington State Senate, District 38 Primary (2010)|
|Nick Harper (D)||7,193||35.09%|
|Jean Berkey (D)||6,591||32.16 %|
Comprehensive donor information for Harper is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Harper raised a total of $119,206 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.
|Nick Harper's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State Senate, District 38||$13,414|
|2010||Washington State Senate, District 38||$105,792|
|Grand Total Raised||$119,206|
2012Harper was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $13,414.
|Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Nick Harper's campaign in 2012|
|Tulalip Tribes Of Washington||$900|
|Government Employees Credit Center Inc||$800|
|Washington Health Care Association||$800|
|Reynolds American Inc||$800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$13,414|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Harper won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $105,792.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Nick Harper's campaign in 2010|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$2,400|
|Puget Sound Citizens For Political Responsibility||$1,600|
|Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO||$1,600|
|Washington Education Association||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$105,792|
|Source:Follow the Money|
- 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. 
Harper proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.52 billion, the 9th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators 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 Harper voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 Senate Scorecard - Nick Harper|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Harper lives with his wife, Lacey, in Everett, Washington.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Nick + Harper + Washington + Senate"
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- Everett's Robinson likely to become newest member of state House - HeraldNet
- Democratic state Rep. John McCoy to replace former state Sen. Nick Harper - The Seattle Times (blog)
- Everett's Robinson likely to win state House seat - HeraldNet
- McCoy appointed to fill Harper's state Senate seat - HeraldNet
- Nelson Mandela memorial: Who's in attendance - Washington Post
- Harper's successor not up to the voters - HeraldNet
- New legislators, old lawmakers in new jobs - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
- Replacement process for empty seats may be legally indefensible
- Legislature getting a slew of new members - The Olympian
- Mandela: World Reacts to Death of 'Closest Thing We Have to Proof of God' - Atlanta Black Star
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- Harper's official campaign website
- Nick Harper on the Washington State Senate website
- Nick Harper's biography on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Nick Harper on Facebook
- ↑ The Seattle Times, "State Sen. Nick Harper, seen as rising star, abruptly resigns," November 9, 2013.
- ↑ Herald Net, "Harper quits state Senate," November 10, 2013
- ↑ Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- ↑ Washington Legislature Official General Election Results
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Harper, Nick," accessed September 25, 2013
- ↑ Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- ↑ Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
- ↑ Freedom Foundation "Legislative Voting Record," Accessed October 10, 2013
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