Tim Sheldon

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Tim Sheldon
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Washington State Senate District 35
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President Pro Tempore, Washington State Senate
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1991-1997
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Washington, 1972
Personal
BirthdayMarch 9, 1947
Place of birthShelton, WA
ProfessionGeneral Partner, Sheldon Properties
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Tim Sheldon (b. March 9, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. Starting in 2013, Sheldon served as President Pro Tempore.

Sheldon served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997. He has also served as commissioner for the Mason County Commission.[1]

Biography

Sheldon earned his B.S. in Economics from Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. He went on to receive his M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1972.[2]

Sheldon worked as a manager for the Potlatch Beach Mutual Water Company. He was also involved in economic development for the Northwest Indian Tribes. From 1986 to 2004 he was the executive director for the Economic Development Council of Mason County. He currently is general partner for Sheldon Properties.

In 2010, Washington State political pundit Austin Jenkins called Sheldon "the Joe Lieberman of the [Democratic] caucus" and "a sure No vote on any budget that includes taxes."[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications, Vice-chair
Rules, Vice-chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Sheldon's campaign website highlights the following issues:[4]

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I believe new taxes should be approved by at least a two-thirds majority vote. I am proud of leading the Majority Coalition in passing budgets without raising new taxes for the past two years. By using fiscal discipline, we have maintained healthy reserves and a constitutionally protected rainy day fund."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "I support public works projects and improving our rural transportation system. We need better roads and a transportation system that functions. I am deeply troubled by our State Department of Transportation, and will not support an increase of our gas taxes without a vote of the people and until there are meaningful reforms at DOT."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I am concerned not just with the quality of our education, but with access to higher education. It’s not good enough to have the best schools in the world if no one can attend them, or if there isn’t room for new students."

Crime

  • Excerpt: "Our crime rate is still unacceptably high. I am most concerned about crimes against women, children and seniors. I believe that we need to set firmer standards for release from prison and enact stiffer penalties for violent youth offenders and drunk drivers."

Elections

2014

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 Tim Sheldon (D) will face Irene Bowling (D) and Travis Couture (R) in the primary.[5]

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Tim Sheldon was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 35. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010. He defeated Republican Nancy Williams in the November 2, 2010 General Election.

Washington State Senate, District 35 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Sheldon (D) 34,130 61.81%
Nancy Williams (R) 21,084 38.19%
Washington State Senate, District 35 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Sheldon (D) 20,437 61.17%
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy (grandma) Williams (R) 12,974 38.83%

2006

In November 2006, Sheldon was re-elected for the 35th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 32,963 votes.

Sheldon raised $215,300 for his campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 35 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Sheldon (D) 32,963
Mark Shattuck (R) 12,622

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sheldon is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Sheldon raised a total of $748,130 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[7]

Tim Sheldon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $5,700
2010 Washington State Senate, District 35 Won $118,165
2008 Washington State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $34,360
2006 Washington State Senate, District 35 Won $215,300
2004 Washington State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $5,750
2002 Washington State Senate, District 35 Won $100,077
2000 Washington State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $10,055
1998 Washington State Senate, District 35 Won $48,785
1996 Washington State House, District 35 Won $47,925
1994 Washington State House, District 35 Won $55,700
1992 Washington State House, District 35 Won $31,504
1990 Washington State House, District 35 Won $74,809
Grand Total Raised $748,130

2012

Sheldon was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $5,700.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tim Sheldon's campaign in 2012
Washington State Residential Care Council$900
Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association$900
Glaxosmithkline$800
Unified Grocers$700
Abbott Laboratories$700
Total Raised in 2012$5,700
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $118,165.

2008

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $34,360.

2006

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $215,300.

2004

Sheldon was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $5,750.

2002

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $100,077.

2000

Sheldon was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $10,055.

1998

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $48,785.

1996

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $47,925.

1994

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $55,700.

1992

Sheldon won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1992. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $31,504.

1990

Sheldon won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1990. During that election cycle, Sheldon raised a total of $74,809.

Personal

Sheldon is married to Linda; they have one daughter.

Scorecards

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

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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] Sheldon 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.[11]

2012

Sheldon proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $3.8 million, the 39th 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.[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 Sheldon voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Tim Sheldon
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

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