|Washington State Senate District 34|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|State Senate Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Washington State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Whitman College, 1973|
Nelson represented District 34 in the Washington House of Representatives since her appointment in 2007.
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Financial Institutions & Insurance|
|• Ways & Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Environment, Water & Energy, Vice-chair|
|• Early Learning & K-12 Education|
|• Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections|
- 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.
|Washington State Senate, District 34 General Election (2010)|
|Sharon Nelson (R)||37,309||100%|
|Washington State Senate, District 34 Primary (2010)|
|Sharon K. Nelson (D)||20,530||100%|
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)|
|Sharon Nelson (D)||46,142||100.00%|
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.
|Sharon Nelson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State Senate, District 34||$6,400|
|2010||Washington State Senate, District 34||$47,081|
|2008||Washington State House, District 34||$45,203|
|Grand Total Raised||$98,684|
2012Nelson 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|
|Total Raised in 2012||$6,400|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Nelson won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $47,081.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sharon Nelson's campaign in 2010|
|Washington Credit Union League||$2,400|
|Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council||$1,600|
|Abraham Lincoln Memorial Society||$1,564|
|Washington Federation Of State Employees||$1,200|
|Total Raised in 2010||$47,081|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Nelson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $45,203.
|Washington House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sharon Nelson's campaign in 2008|
|Washington Education Association||$1,600|
|Washington State Dental Association||$1,600|
|Heidorn, George E||$1,400|
|Andrew Will Winery||$1,150|
|Total Raised in 2008||$45,203|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Nelson and her husband, John, have two children.
Missed Votes Report
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. 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. 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. 
- 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.
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.
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. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a 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)||Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Sharon + Nelson + Washington + Senate"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Washington State Legislature
- Washington State Senate
- Washington State Senate Committees
- Washington Joint Committees
- Washington State Senate District 34
- Sharon Nelson's campaign website
- Washington House of Representatives - Rep. Sharon Nelson
- Profile from Open States
- Profile by Vote-USA
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 14, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 20, 2014
- Vote-Washington.org, "Biographical Profile for Sharon K. Nelson," accessed July 12, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Nelson, Sharon K," accessed September 25, 2013
- Washington Policy Center, "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
- Washington Policy, "2014 Missed Votes Report," accessed April 9, 2014
- Freedom Foundation, "2012 Big Spender List," accessed April 10, 2014
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
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