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Rodney Tom
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Washington State Senate District 48
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Coalition Caucus Leader, Washington State Senate
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
2003-2005
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1985
Master'sUniversity of Southern California, 1988
Personal
Place of birthEastgate, WA
ProfessionRealtor
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rodney Tom is the Democratic Majority Coalition Caucus Leader of the Washington State Senate, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Tom announced April 14, 2014, that he would not run for re-election in the 2014 election.[1]

Following the 2012 election, Tom and fellow Democrat Tim Sheldon joined with Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus, which led to Tom becoming State Senate Majority Leader starting in 2013.

Tom served in the Washington House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005. In March of 2006 he switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.[2]

Biography

Tom earned his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1985. He went on to receive his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1988. Tom is a realtor for Windermere Real Estate.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Rules
Ways & Means

2011-2012

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

Issues

Majority Coalition Caucus

In December 2012, Tom, fellow Democrat Tim Sheldon, and 23 Republicans signed a pledge to form a majority caucus called the Majority Coalition Caucus, wresting control of the Senate from the Democratic caucus which had maintained an advantage following the 2012 election. Under this arrangement, Tom became Majority Leader, with Sheldon becoming President Pro Tempore, and Republicans filling the remaining leadership positions. Though hailed by caucus members as a bellwether of cooperation, Democrats disagreed with claims of bipartisanship.

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, three committees are chaired by Democrats, 11 by Republicans, and one is co-chaired.[3]

Elections

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Rodney Tom was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 48 seat in 2010. He ran unopposed in the August 17 primary. He defeated Republican Gregg Bennett in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington State Senate, District 48 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Tom (D) 13,688 52.67 %
Green check mark transparent.png Gregg Bennett (R) 12,302 47.33%

2006

In November 2006, Tom was elected for the 48th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 21,868 votes.

Kauffman raised $365,723 for his campaign.[4]

Washington State Senate, District 48 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Tom (D) 21,868
Luke Esser (R) 19,112

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tom is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Tom raised a total of $763,663 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[5]

Rodney Tom's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 48 Not up for election $3,750
2010 Washington State Senate, District 48 Won $250,285
2008 Washington State Senate, District 48 Not up for election $4,150
2006 Washington State Senate, District 48 Won $365,723
2004 Washington State House, District 48 Won $82,605
2002 Washington State House, District 48 Won $57,150
Grand Total Raised $763,663

2012

Tom was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tom raised a total of $3,750.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rodney Tom's campaign in 2012
Washington State Residential Care Council$900
Washington Healthcare Association PAC (WHCA PAC)$800
Allergan$800
Microsoft$700
Vulcan, Inc$300
Total Raised in 2012$3,750
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tom won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Tom raised a total of $250,285.

2008

Tom was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Tom raised a total of $4,150.

2006

Tom won election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Tom raised a total of $365,723.

2004

Tom won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Tom raised a total of $82,605.

2002

Tom won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Tom raised a total of $57,150.

Scorecards

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] Tom missed 1 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.[7]

2012

Tom proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $441.7 million, the 13th 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.[8] 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 Tom voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Rodney Tom
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 N Y

Personal

Tom and his wife, Deborah, have two daughters.

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