Paul Harris

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Paul Harris
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Washington House of Representatives, District 17b
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Whip, Washington House of Representatives
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sRicks College, 1976
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1978
Personal
Birthday04/12/1953
Place of birthPortland, Oregon
ProfessionSales Representative
ReligionMormon
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Harris is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in the 2013 session, Hansen serves as Minority Whip.

Biography

Harris earned an A.A. from Ricks College and a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Brigham Young University.

Harris has worked since 2010 as a sales representative for Quick Collect, a Vancouver-based company. He currently owns QuickMeds, LLC, and previously owned Cascade and Supply, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the Evergreen School District from 1993-1994.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Health Care and Wellness

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Harris's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs & The Economy

  • Excerpt: "Certainty and stability for employers is one of the most effective solutions to improving the state budget and prosperity of Clark County workers. A stable regulatory and business climate attracts investment and a higher standard of living for our families. I fought hard to keep temporary taxes temporary, and protected vital tax incentives for business and agriculture."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Our children deserve a world class education which MUST be prioritized in the state budget. The state constitution is clear, that education is the “paramount duty” of the state and should be treated as such in the state budget."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "We must have step-by step, common sense approaches that will fix what is broken. You should be in charge of your health insurance and health care decisions. Our state needs consumer driven health insurance plans that provide access to affordable health care."
  • Excerpt: "First, we need our Insurance Commissioner to allow people to keep their cancelled health insurance plans. The Obama administration has reversed its course and gave states this option."
  • Excerpt: "The biggest step we can take is to allow Washingtonians to buy health insurance plans in other states, similar to the way car insurance is purchased."

2012

Harris's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Let’s Get Washington Working is a plan that unshackles businesses from excessive regulations. Private employers in many sectors of Washington State are bound with exorbitant taxes and fees that hinder economic growth and progress. Let’s Get Washington Working would promote a free market economy, allowing employers to prosper and create jobs."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Funding education first would take the politics out of the classroom and would deliver financial assurance and peace of mind to concerned parents, teachers and students. The courts have ruled that programs and offerings falling within the legislative definition of basic education are considered non discretionary and must be funded regardless of budgetary constraints."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "Recognizing a portion of hydro as renewable would solve this next step of I-937, save jobs and protect the environment."

Elections

2014

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Paul Harris (R) and Richard McCluskey (D) defeated Chris Rockhold (L) in the primary. McCluskey and Harris will face off in the general election.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 17b Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Harris Incumbent 50.8% 10,551
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard McCluskey 39.1% 8,130
     Libertarian Chris Rockhold 10.1% 2,100
Total Votes 20,781

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harris won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 17b. Harris was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and was defeated Jim Gizzi (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 17b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Harris Incumbent 55.9% 30,095
     Democratic Jim Gizzi 44.1% 23,783
Total Votes 53,878

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Paul Harris was elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 17b. He defeated Martin Hash in the August 17, 2010, primary. He defeated Democrat Monica Stonier in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 17b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Harris (R) 25,342
Monica Stonier (D) 21,924
Washington House of Representatives, District 17b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Harris (R) 14,384 55.73%
Green check mark transparent.png Monica Stonier (D) 8,473 32.83%
Martin Hash (D) 2,952 11.44%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7] Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $209,037 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

Paul Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 17 Won $93,952
2010 Washington State House, District 17 Won $87,251
2006 Washington State House, District 17 Defeated $10,184
2004 Washington State House, District 17 Defeated $17,650
Grand Total Raised $209,037

2012

Harris won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $93,952.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Harris's campaign in 2012
17th Legislative District Democratic Central Cmte$4,000
Washington Chiropractic Trust$1,800
Farmers Insurance Group$1,800
Columbia United Providers$1,800
Washington Education Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$93,952
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Harris was up for election, he collected $87,251 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Harris's campaign in 2010
House Republican Organizational Cmte Of Washington$33,971
Harris, Paul$9,400
Washington State Dental Association$2,400
Washington Restaurant Association$1,600
Washington Beverage Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $87,251

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Paul Harris endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[13] Harris missed 15 votes in a total of 1211 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.[14]

2012

Harris proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $189.1 million, the 49th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives 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.[15] 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 Harris voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Paul Harris
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
Y N N N

Personal

Harris has lived in District 17 for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Lori, have five children and six grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Deb Wallace (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 17b
2011–present
Succeeded by
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