Sharon Wylie

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Sharon Wylie
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Washington House of Representatives District 49a
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedApril 13, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives District 22
1993 - 1997
Office website
Campaign website
Sharon Wylie is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 49. She was first appointed to the chamber on April 13, 2011. Beginning in the 2013 session, Wylie serves as Assistant Majority Whip. Wylie was initially appointed to fill the vacancy left due to Jim Jacks' resignation in March 2011. Wylie previously represented District 22 from 1993 to 1997.


Wylie studied Political Science at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and graduated in 1973. Wylie is also a graduate of Grossmont High, class of 1967.

Wylie began her career as a Tukwila city administrator in 1981. She was also a lobbyist in Olympia for nine years representing local governments.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Accountability and Oversight, Vice-chair
Higher Education
Technology and Economic Development


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


Campaign themes


Wylie's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

  • Excerpt: "Work to pass legislation that protects our most vulnerable adults from Elder Abuse and scams, especially in the contracting and home repair industries."
  • Excerpt: "Work to find solutions to help families get off state assistance and become self-sufficient."
  • Excerpt: "Strengthen stem programs with art and music programming in our classrooms and improve access to resources for job training in the high-tech industry."
  • Excerpt: "Implement our unique voter approved marijuana initiative by addressing public safety concerns and solutions."
  • Excerpt: "Continue creating a fair, sustainable and sufficient tax structure for families and business."
  • Excerpt: "Improve education opportunities for students from early childhood learning to college and job training programs, while keeping those opportunities affordable to families."



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 Sharon Wylie (D) and Anson Service (R) defeated Scott Dalesandro (I) in the primary. Wylie and Service will face off in the general election.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49a Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Wylie Incumbent 55.4% 11,505
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnson Service 37.2% 7,720
     Independent Scott Dalesandro 7.4% 1,537
Total Votes 20,762


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wylie won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 49a. Wylie unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Debbie Peterson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Wylie Incumbent 60.2% 31,658
     Republican Debbie Peterson 39.8% 20,963
Total Votes 52,621

Campaign donors

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

Comprehensive donor information for Wylie is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Wylie raised a total of $226,091 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Sharon Wylie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 49 Won $60,306
2010 Washington State House, District 49 special election Won $165,785
Grand Total Raised $226,091


Wylie won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wylie raised a total of $60,306.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sharon Wylie's campaign in 2012
Campaign Cmte 49yh Legislative District Democratic Central Cmte$2,400
Washington Indian Gaming Association$1,800
Washington State Association For Justice$1,800
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund Northwest Credit Union Association$1,800
Columbia United Providers$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$60,306
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[8]


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

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.[10] 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.[10] Wylie missed 5 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.[11]


Wylie proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $3.01 billion, the 30th 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.[12] 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 Wylie voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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



In 2014, Wylie's endorsements include the following:[13]

  • NARAL Pro-Choice
  • IBEW 77
  • WSNA (Nurses)
  • WSLC (Labor Council)
  • AFT (Federation of Teachers)
  • PPVNW (Planned Parenthood NW)
  • Sierra Club
  • WEA (Education Association)
  • WCV (Conservation Voters)
  • Retired Public Employees Council


Wylie resides in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Jacks (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 49
Succeeded by