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Sharon Nelson
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Washington State Senate District 34
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State Senate Minority Leader
2013-Present
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
2007-2011
Education
Bachelor'sWhitman College, 1973
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Sharon Nelson is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. She has served as State Senate Minority Leader since 2013.

Nelson represented District 34 in the Washington House of Representatives since her appointment in 2007.

Biography

Nelson earned her B.A. in Psychology from Whitman College. Nelson is a former Chief of Staff for Metropolitan King County Council member Dow Constantine, and was a Vice President at Bank of America and Seafirst Bank before assuming office. She is also the founding president of Preserve Our Islands, a 501(c)(3) environmental organization focused on protecting the Puget Sound nearshore.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Institutions & Insurance
Ways & Means

2011-2012

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

Elections

2014

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate 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 Sharon Nelson (D) is unopposed in the primary.[2]

2010

Nelson did not run for re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2010. She ran unopposed for District 34 in the Washington State Senate.[3]

Washington State Senate, District 34 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon Nelson (R) 37,309 100%
Washington State Senate, District 34 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon K. Nelson (D) 20,530 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Sharon Nelson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 34 receiving 100.00% of the vote (46,142 votes). She ran unopposed.

Washington House of Representatives, District 34(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon Nelson (D) 46,142 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $98,684 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[4]

Sharon Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $6,400
2010 Washington State Senate, District 34 Won $47,081
2008 Washington State House, District 34 Won $45,203
Grand Total Raised $98,684

2012

Nelson was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $6,400.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sharon Nelson's campaign in 2012
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association$1,800
Washington Healthcare Association$900
Washington State Auto Dealers Association$800
AT&T$800
Dart Container$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,400
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nelson won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $47,081.

2008

Nelson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $45,203.

Personal

Nelson and her husband, John, have two children.

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.[5] 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.[5] Nelson missed 48 votes in a total of 1017 roll calls. Nelson responded to the number of missed votes. “Regrettably, I had to miss some votes this session due to my new role as Senate Democratic leader. The session involved frequent leadership meetings with Senate Republicans, House leaders and the Governor’s office, often called on an impromptu basis. As my caucus is not in control of scheduling floor time, sometimes I had to miss votes due to these other meetings,” she said. [6]

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

Nelson proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $31.54 billion, the 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 Nelson voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe McDermott
Washington State Senate District 34
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Political offices
Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 34
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Joe Fitzgibbon