Steve Litzow

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Steve Litzow
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Washington State Senate District 41
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionConsultant, EMM Group
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steve Litzow is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 41. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Litzow attended Northwestern University. Before his election, Litzow worked as a consultant with EMM Group. He is a former Procter and Camble executive, and worked in senior management for Xpensewise, Compuserve, and ShareBuilder. He served on the Mercer Island City Councilmember from 2003-2007.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning & K-12 Education, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Litzow's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Creating Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Senator Steve helped pass tax relief for small business and workers' compensation reforms to make state government more business-friendly and encourage hiring."

Strengthening Education

  • Excerpt: "Steve is a leading advocate for education reform. He led a coalition of parents, teachers, businesses, and legislators in passing a comprehensive teacher evaluation system that helps put a great teacher in every classroom. Steve fought to protect education funding and helped pass a budget that did not cut education this year."

Balancing the Budget

  • Excerpt: "During his first term, the Senator helped pass legislation that saves taxpayer money by reforming Washington's worker compensation system. This year, he helped pass a sustainable budget that did not cut funding for education or the most vulnerable -- without raising taxes."

Improving Transportation

  • Excerpt: "As a member of the Transportation Committee, Steve Litzow is working to improve I-405, I-90, and mass transit to sustainably reduce daily commute times and keep freight moving. Steve will work across party lines to find practical solutions to our community's future infrastructure needs."

2010

Litzow's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Business
Excerpt: "Reduce the tax burden on small business jobs to help them survive and recover. Provide incentives and predictability for small businesses to invest in future growth."
  • Spending
Excerpt: "Our state must stop spending more money than it brings in. Decreasing spending reduces the tax burden on small businesses so that they can employ more people."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education, the #1 state budget priority, is the foundation of a vibrant economy. By fully funding education and reducing class sizes, we will provide more jobs for quality teachers. "
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Continue investing in I-405, I-90, and mass transit to sustainably reduce daily commute times and keep freight moving. Steve will work across party lines to find practical solutions to our community's future infrastructure needs."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Steve Litzow endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Litzow won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 41. Litzow was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Maureen Judge (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Litzow Incumbent 54% 37,314
     Democratic Maureen Judge 46% 31,734
Total Votes 69,048

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Steve Litzow was elected to the Washington State Senate District 41. He ran unopposed in the August 17 primary. He defeated Randy Gordon (D) in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington State Senate, District 41 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Litzow (R) 30,030 50.16%
Randy Gordon (D) 29,836 49.84%
Washington State Senate, District 41 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Litzow (R) 16.938 50.14%
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Gordon (D) 16,846 49.86%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Litzow is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Litzow raised a total of $1,215,910 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[5]

Steve Litzow's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 41 Won $486,794
2010 Washington State Senate, District 41 Won $409,061
2008 Washington State House, District 41 Defeated $320,055
Grand Total Raised $1,215,910

2012

Litzow won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Litzow raised a total of $486,794.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Litzow's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Washington$78,400
Washington State Republican Party$20,000
King County Republican Central Cmte$12,500
41St District Republican Committee$4,800
Litzow, Stephen R$2,164
Total Raised in 2012$486,794
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Litzow won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Litzow raised a total of $409,061.

2008

Litzow lost the election for the Washington House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Litzow raised a total of $320,055.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[6]

Legislators are scored on their votes for or against CCF's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "small business interests."
Legislators are scored on their stances on pro-choice issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on their "work to support and advance the UW and higher education."
Legislators are scored on their stances on environmental protection issues.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WSLC's position.

2012

In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[7]

Legislators are scored on their votes on 25 bills identified as WCAN to have "the most direct

impact on racial equity."

Legislators are scored on their stances on environmental protection issues.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WCU's position.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against WSLC's position.

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.[8] 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.[8] Litzow missed 0 votes in a total of 1017 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.[9]

2012

Litzow proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $2.3 million, the 41st 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.[10] 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 Litzow voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

Personal

Steve Litzow is married. He and his wife Jenny, live in Mercer Island with their four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Gordon (D)
Washington State Senate District 41
2011–present
Succeeded by
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