Ross Hunter

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Ross Hunter
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Washington House of Representatives District 48a
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sYale University, 1983
Personal
ProfessionBusiness management (retired)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Ross Hunter is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Hunter earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Yale University in 1983. He worked as a program manager for the Microsoft Corporation from 1984 to 2000. He is now retired.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hunter served on the following committees:

Issues

Debt negotiations

Hunter is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[2] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[3]

Campaign themes

2012

Hunter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Ensuring a Balanced Budget

  • Excerpt: "It’s our constitutional requirement to produce a balanced budget, and we did so with relatively little drama and with no significant budget gimmicks."

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I propose focusing on growing sectors that require a highly-educated workforce and pay well."

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Ross Hunter (D) and Bill Hirt (R) were unopposed in the primary. Hunter and Hirt will face off in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hunter won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 48a. Hunter was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Bill Hirt (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 48a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Hunter Incumbent 69.3% 39,362
     Republican Bill Hirt 30.7% 17,463
Total Votes 56,825

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ross Hunter was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 48a. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. In the November 2, 2010, general election he defeated Republican Diane Tebelius.

Washington House of Representatives, District 48a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Hunter (D) 24,981
Diane Tebelius (R) 21,283
Washington House of Representatives, District 48a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Hunter (D) 14,142 54.96%
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Tebelius (R) 11,590 45.04%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Ross Hunter won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 48 receiving 64.32% of the vote (32,586 votes), defeating Republican Larry Cooney who received 35.68% of the vote (18,074 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 48(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Hunter (D) 32,586 64.32%
Charles A. Lapp (R) 18,074 35.68%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[9]

Comprehensive donor information for Hunter is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunter raised a total of $1,121,015 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[10]

Ross Hunter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 48 Won $161,145
2010 Washington State House, District 48 Won $212,312
2008 Washington State House, District 48 Won $141,588
2006 Washington State House, District 48 Won $147,172
2004 Washington State House, District 48 Won $232,685
2002 Washington State House, District 48 Won $226,113
Grand Total Raised $1,121,015

2012

Hunter won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $161,145.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ross Hunter's campaign in 2012
Washington State Medical Association$1,800
Puget Sound Energy$1,800
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,800
Washington Society Of Certified Public Accountants$1,800
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$161,145
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Hunter was up for re-election, he collected $212,312 in donations.[11]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ross Hunter's campaign in 2010
House Democratic Campaign Committee$18,298
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association$2,400
Naiop Washington State Chapter$1,600
Wissner-Slivka, Lisa$1,600
Poole, William V$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $212,312

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Ross Hunter's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Anheuser-Busch $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Washington Bankers Association $1,600
Glacier Northwest $1,600
Washington Indian Gaming Association $1,600

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[12]

2012

In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[13]

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.[14] 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.[14] Hunter missed 2 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.[15]

2012

Hunter proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $149.7 million, the 53rd 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.[16] 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 Hunter voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Ross Hunter
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 Y Y Y

Personal

Hunter and his wife, Tricie, have two children.

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 48
2003–present
Succeeded by
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