|Washington House Of Representatives District 24b|
|2011 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Tharinger earned his B.A. from Colorado College. He is a small business owner and Clallam County Commissioner. He is a member of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary and is a certified volunteer mediator with the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tharinger served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Finance, Vice-chair|
|• Health Care and Wellness|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tharinger served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Capital Budget|
|• Local Government, Vice-chair|
Tharinger won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 24b. Tharinger was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Steve Gale (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 24b, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Steve Tharinger Incumbent||58.4%||40,045|
Steve Tharinger was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 24b. He defeated John Dwyer and Larry Carter in the August 17, 2010 primary. He also defeated Republican Jim McEntire in the November 2, 2010 general election.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 24b General Election (2010)|
|Steve Tharinger (D)||32,300|
|Jim McEntire (R)||29,427|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 24b Primary (2010)|
|Steve Tharinger (D)||15,940||37.66%|
|Jim McEntire (R)||15,852||37.46%|
|John (Jack) Dwyer (D)||6,128||14.48%|
|Larry Carter (R)||4,402||10.40%|
In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.
Comprehensive donor information for Tharinger is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Tharinger raised a total of $206,176 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.
|Steve Tharinger's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 24||$59,875|
|2010||Washington State House, District 24||$146,301|
|Grand Total Raised||$206,176|
2012Tharinger won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Tharinger raised a total of $59,875.
|Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steve Tharinger's campaign in 2012|
|House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington||$2,352|
|Washington State Dental Association||$1,800|
|Washington Refuse & Recycling Association||$1,800|
|Washington Beverage Association||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$59,875|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Tharinger was up for election, he collected $146,301 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steve Tharinger's campaign in 2010|
|House Democratic Campaign Committee||$56,134|
|Jefferson County Democratic Central Cmte||$5,700|
|24 Legislative Democratic Central Cmte||$4,000|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$1,600|
|Western Washington Trial Lawyers For Victims Rights||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$146,301|
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. Tharinger missed 4 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.
- 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.
Tharinger proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $9.15 billion, the 3rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives 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 Tharinger voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Steve Tharinger|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Tharinger lives in Sequim with his wife, Yvonne.
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- Steve Tharinger on the Washington State House website
- Tharinger on the House Democrats website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- C-SPAN, "AP Election Results - Washington State House of Representatives," accessed August 7, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," retrieved July 16, 2012
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission "Contribution Limits"
- Follow the Money, "Tharinger, Steve," accessed September 30, 2013
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Washington Policy Center "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state representatives by proposed new taxes and fees
- Freedom Foundation, "Legislative Voting Record," accessed October 10, 2013
Lynn Kessler (D)
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