Washington State Senate District 9

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Washington State Senate District 9
Current incumbentMark G. Schoesler Republican Party
Race83.7% White, 3.1% Two or More Races, 7.1% Other Race, 3.5% Asian, 1.4% Black, 1.1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander[1]
Ethnicity84.7% Not Hispanic, 15.3% Hispanic
Voting age78.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Washington's ninth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Mark G. Schoesler.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 136,166 civilians reside within the 7,322.7 square miles of Washington's ninth state senate district. The population per square mile is 19. The median age of these residents is 30.6.[2] Washington's state senators represent an average of 137,236 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 120,288 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Washington State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Washington legislators assume office the first day of session.


Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Washington Legislature are paid $42,106/year. Legislators receive $90/day per diem.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Board of County Commissioners where the vacant seat is located has the responsibility to select a replacement. The state central committee of the political party that last held the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Board of County Commissioners representing the vacant district. A selection must be made within 60 days after the vacancy happened.[6]



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Mark G. Schoesler (R) was unchallenged in the general election. Schoesler was unopposed in the blanket primary election.[7][8]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Washington State Senate District 9 have raised a total of $563,829. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $70,479 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Washington State Senate District 9
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $174,430 1 $174,430
2010 $14,425 1 $14,425
2008 $153,980 1 $153,980
2006 $2,310 1 $2,310
2004 $177,349 2 $88,675
2002 $1,195 1 $1,195
2000 $40,140 1 $40,140
Total $563,829 8 $70,479

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