Pam Roach

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Pam Roach
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Washington State Senate, District 31
Incumbent
In office
1991-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1990
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1970
Personal
BirthdayApril 26, 1948
Place of birthSan Diego, CA
ReligionLDS
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Pam Roach is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

In 1996, she ran in the campaign for Governor of Washington but was unsuccessful. She served as Republican Assistant Whip in the senate from 1993 to 1994.[1]

Biography

Roach earned her B.A. in History from Brigham Young University in 1970. She went on to receive her teaching certificate in 1971. Roach is a former weekend radio show host for KIRO. She has also worked as a legislative aide for Washington State Senator/King County Council Member Kent Pullen.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Roach served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Institutions & Insurance
Governmental Operations, Chair
Law & Justice

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Roach served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Pam Roach (R) and Cathy Dahlquist (R) defeated Lynda Messner (D) in the primary. Roach defeated Dahlquist in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Washington State Senate, District 31 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam Roach Incumbent 53.7% 21,226
     Republican Cathy Dahlquist 46.3% 18,324
Total Votes 39,550
Washington State Senate, District 31 Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam Roach Incumbent 40.5% 9,120
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Dahlquist 39.2% 8,836
     Democratic Lynda Messner 20.3% 4,585
Total Votes 22,541

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Pam Roach was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 31. She was opposed by Matt Richardson (R), Ron Weigelt (D), and Raymond Bunk (D) in the August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Matt Richardson (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Washington State Senate, District 31 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pam Roach (R) 29,374 66.71%
Matt Richardson (R) 14,661 33.29%
Washington State Senate, District 31 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngPam Roach (R) 10,406 40.90%
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Richardson (R) 5,798 22.79%
Ron Weigelt (D) 5,043 19.82%
Raymond Bunk (D) 4,193 16.48%

2006

In November 2006, Roach was re-elected for the 31st District of the Washington State Senate receiving 21,315 votes.

Roach raised $233,642 for her campaign.[7]

Washington State Senate, District 31 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Pam Roach (R) 21,315
Yvonne Ward (D) 18,771

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roach is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Roach raised a total of $1,075,472 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[8]

Pam Roach's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $0
2010 Washington State Senate, District 31 Won $126,146
2008 Washington State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $0
2006 Washington State Senate, District 31 Won $233,642
2004 Washington State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $0
2002 Washington State Senate, District 31 Won $182,552
2000 Washington State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $2,889
1998 Washington State Senate, District 31 Won $54,568
1996 Washington State Senate, District 31 Defeated $222,659
1994 Washington State Senate, District 31 Won $70,574
1990 Washington State Senate, District 31 Won $182,442
Grand Total Raised $1,075,472

2010

Roach won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $126,146.

2006

Roach won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $233,642.

2002

Roach won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $182,552.

2000

Roach was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $2,889.

1998

Roach won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $54,568.

1996

Roach lost the election for the Governor of Washington in 1996. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $222,659.

1994

Roach won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 1994. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $70,574.

1990

Roach won election to the Washington State Senate in 1990. During that election cycle, Roach raised a total of $182,442.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes for or against CCF's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "small business interests."
Legislators are scored on their stances on pro-choice issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on their "work to support and advance the UW and higher education."
Legislators are scored on their stances on environmental protection issues.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WSLC's position.

2012

In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on 25 bills identified as WCAN to have "the most direct

impact on racial equity."

Legislators are scored on their stances on environmental protection issues.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WCU's position.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WSLC's position.

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.[11] 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.[11] Roach missed 6 votes in a total of 1017 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.[12]

2012

Roach proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.8 million, the 42nd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.

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.[13] 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 Roach voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Roach's endorsements included the following: [14]

  • Washington Association of Realtors
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • Washington Trucking Association
  • Service Employees International, SEIU 775NW
  • Electrical Workers, IBEW 46
  • Senator Mark Schoesler, Majority Leader
  • Senator Linda Parlette, Majority Caucus Chair
  • Auburn Professional Firefighters
  • King County Police Officers Guild

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Pam Roach endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [15]

Personal

Roach and her husband, Jim, have been married for 33 years and have five grown children.

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Washington Senate District 31
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