Ruth Kagi

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Ruth Kagi
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Washington House of Representatives 32b
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2013
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1967
Master'sMPA, Syracuse University, 1968
Personal
Birthday08/14/1945
Place of birthSeattle, WA
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ruth Kagi (b. August 14, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 32. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Kagi received her M.P.A. from Syracuse University, and her B.A. from the University of Washington. She also attended Mills College. [1]

Kagi is an owner/manager of Commercial Real Estate. She was previously a Consultant for Kagi Consulting. Kagi has been Community Facilitator for the United Way of Snohomish County, a Deputy Associate Regional Administrator and Policy Analyst at the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and a Child Care Coordinator for the Office of Children's Affairs in Snohomish County.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Early Learning and Human Services, Chair
Environment

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

  • Build on our successful Early Learning Initiatives
Excerpt: "We were awarded a $60 million “Race to the Top” early learning grant, and in April we won a $25 million grant to expand our successful home visitation programs serving our most vulnerable young families. With our state budget constraints, this funding will help Washington expand its efforts to support parents as their children’s first and most important teachers, improve the quality of child care across the state, and build upon the work of our strong public private partnership, Thrive by Five."
  • Protect our most vulnerable families
Excerpt: "While we avoided deeper cuts this year in child care for low income families and in grants to families in poverty, nearly half a billion dollars has been cut from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. We need a stronger safety net for vulnerable families."
  • Reform and strengthen our child welfare system
Excerpt: "This year, I sponsored three major bills aimed at transforming our child welfare system to better serve children and families."

Elections

2014

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives will consist of a blanket primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Ruth Kagi (D) and Alvin Rutledge (R) are unopposed in the primary.[3]

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kagi won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 32b. Kagi advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Robert Reedy (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 32b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Kagi Incumbent 72.9% 45,495
     Republican Robert Reedy 27.1% 16,917
Total Votes 62,412
Washington State House of Representatives, District 32b Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Kagi Incumbent 69.9% 20,346
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Reedy 20.1% 5,865
     Republican Eric R. Alvey 10% 2,908
Total Votes 29,119

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ruth Kagi was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 32b. She defeated Stan Lippmann in the August 17, 2010, primary. She defeated Republican Gary Gagliardi in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 32b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Kagi (D) 35,344
Gary Gagliardi (R) 19,480
Washington House of Representatives, District 32b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Kagi (D) 17,693 56.48%
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Gagliardi (R) 11,185 35.71%
Stan Lippmann (D) 2,448 7.81 %

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Ruth Kagi won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 32 receiving 100.00% of the vote (47,197 votes). She ran unopposed.

Washington House of Representatives, District 32(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Kagi (D) 47,197 100.00%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6]

Comprehensive donor information for Kagi is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Kagi raised a total of $457,754 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Ruth Kagi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 32 Won $72,835
2010 Washington State House, District 32 Won $73,187
2008 Washington State House, District 32 Won $40,625
2006 Washington State House, District 32 Won $56,401
2004 Washington State House, District 32 Won $51,476
2002 Washington State House, District 32 Won $51,477
2000 Washington State House, District 32 Won $37,199
1998 Washington State House, District 32 Won $74,554
Grand Total Raised $457,754

2012

Kagi won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kagi raised a total of $72,835.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ruth Kagi's campaign in 2012
Ramsay-Jenkins, Ann S$1,845
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,800
Delta Dental$1,800
Washington State Association For Justice$1,400
League Of Education Voters$1,400
Total Raised in 2012$72,835
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Kagi was up for re-election, she collected $73,187 in donations.[8]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ruth Kagi's campaign in 2010
Washington State Dental Association$1,600
Ramsay-Jenkins, Ann$1,600
Bezos, Miguel A$1,600
Washington Credit Union League$1,600
Bezos, Jacklyn G$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $73,187

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Ruth Kagi's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Service Employees Local 925 $1,600
Washington Education Association $1,600
Washington State Hospital Association $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Washington Healthcare Association $1,500

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.[9] 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.[9] Kagi missed 14 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 taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[10]

2012

Kagi proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.9 billion, the 21st 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.[11] 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 Kagi voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

Personal

Kagi and her husband, Mark, have two children.

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 32
1999–present
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