Steve Tharinger

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Steve Tharinger
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Washington House of Representatives District 24b
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve Tharinger is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 24b. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment
Finance, Vice-chair
Health Care and Wellness

2011-2012

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

Elections

2014

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Steve Tharinger (D) and Thomas Greisamer (R) defeated Stafford Conway (L) in the primary. Tharinger and Greisamer will face off in the general election.[1][2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 24b Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Tharinger Incumbent 57.1% 19,995
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas W. Greisamer 35.3% 12,371
     Libertarian Stafford A. Conway 7.6% 2,663
Total Votes 35,029

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 24b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Tharinger Incumbent 58.4% 40,045
     Republican Steve Gale 41.6% 28,470
Total Votes 68,515

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Steve Tharinger was elected to the Washington 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)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Tharinger (D) 32,300
Jim McEntire (R) 29,427
Washington House of Representatives, District 24b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Tharinger (D) 15,940 37.66%
Green check mark transparent.png Jim McEntire (R) 15,852 37.46%
John (Jack) Dwyer (D) 6,128 14.48%
Larry Carter (R) 4,402 10.40%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5] 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.[6]

Steve Tharinger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 24 Won $59,875
2010 Washington State House, District 24 Won $146,301
Grand Total Raised $206,176

2012

Tharinger 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
Rayonier Inc$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$59,875
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Tharinger was up for election, he collected $146,301 in donations.[7]

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

Scorecards

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2014

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

2012

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] Tharinger missed 4 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]

2012

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.

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 Tharinger voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

Personal

Tharinger lives in Sequim with his wife, Yvonne.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lynn Kessler (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 24b
2011–present
Succeeded by
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