Nick Harper

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Nick Harper
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Washington State Senate District 38
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - November 9, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
J.D.Seattle University
(dead link) Office website
Nick Harper is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in 2013, Harper served as Deputy Minority Leader. Harper resigned from the senate on November 9, 2013.[1][2]


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.

Committee assignments


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:



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. [3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 38 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nick Harper (D) 22,089 59.73%
Rod Rieger (R) 14,892 40.27%
Washington State Senate, District 38 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nick Harper (D) 7,193 35.09%
Green check mark transparent.png Rod Rieger 6,713 32.75%
Jean Berkey (D) 6,591 32.16 %

Campaign donors

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.[5]

Nick Harper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 38 Not up for election $13,414
2010 Washington State Senate, District 38 Won $105,792
Grand Total Raised $119,206


Harper was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $13,414.


Harper won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $105,792.


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.[6] 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.[6] Harper missed 17 votes in a total of 621 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.[7]


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.[8]

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.[9] 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 Harper voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Nick Harper
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Harper lives with his wife, Lacey, in Everett, Washington.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Berkey
Washington State Senate District 38
Succeeded by