Brian Blake

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Brian Blake
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Washington House of Representatives, District 19b
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedDecember 2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sGrays Harbor Community College
Bachelor'sEvergreen State College
Personal
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Brian Blake is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first appointed to the chamber in December 2002.

Biography

Blake earned his A.S. in Forestry from Grays Harbor Community College. He went on to receive his B.S. in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College.

Blake has also worked as a Contract Forester for the Weyerhaeuser Company. He also worked for the Department of Corrections as Environmental Specialist III.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chair
Business and Financial Services
Government Accountability and Oversight

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Blake 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 took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Brian Blake (D) and Hugh Fleet (R) defeated James O'Hagan (I) in the primary. Blake defeated Fleet in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Blake won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 19b. Blake ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated write-in candidate Tim Sutinen in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 19b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Blake Incumbent 57.9% 31,266
     Independent Tim Sutinen 42.1% 22,740
Total Votes 54,006

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Brian Blake was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 19. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. He defeated Tim Sutinen (Lower Taxes party) in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 19b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Blake (D) 23,354
Tim Sutinen (Lower Taxes Party) 21,201
Washington House of Representatives, District 19b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brian E. Blake (D) 15,615 55.81%
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Sutinen (Lower Taxes) 12,362 44.19%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Brian Blake won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 19 receiving 100.00% of the vote (39,521 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 19(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Blake (D) 39,521 100.00%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6] Comprehensive donor information for Blake is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Blake raised a total of $549,313 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Brian Blake's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 19 Won $150,233
2010 Washington State House, District 19 Won $73,363
2008 Washington State House, District 19 Won $68,811
2006 Washington State House, District 19 Won $59,540
2004 Washington State House, District 19 Won $197,366
Grand Total Raised $549,313

2012

Blake won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Blake raised a total of $150,233.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Blake's campaign in 2012
Brian Blake$41,000
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$10,603
Washington Beverage Assoc PAC$1,800
Avista Corp$1,800
Washington State Dental Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$150,233
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Blake was up for re-election, he collected $73,363 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Blake's campaign in 2010
Washington State Dental Association$1,600
Philip Morris$1,600
National Rifle Association$1,600
Calportland Co$1,600
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $73,363

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Brian Blake's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Indian Gaming Association $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Wal-Mart $1,600
Weyerhaeuser Co $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[11] Blake missed 11 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 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.[12]

2012

Blake proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $75.6 million, the 56th 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.[13] 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 Blake voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Brian Blake
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

Blake has a wife, Debra Thomas-Blake.

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Washington House of Representatives District 19
2002–present
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