Ed Orcutt

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Ed Orcutt
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Washington House of Representatives, District 20b
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sUniversity of Maine
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho
Personal
Birthday05/04/1963
Place of birthNew Vineyard, ME
ProfessionForestry management
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ed Orcutt (b. May 4, 1963) is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He represented District 18 from 2003 to 2013, and District 20 since January 2013.

Biography

Orcutt earned his A.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine. He went on to receive his B.S. in Forestry Management from the University of Idaho.

Orcutt is a Forestry Consultant for Niemi Forestry. Orcutt was a Resource Aide/Fire Fighter/Timber Manager for the Idaho Department of Lands from 1985 to 1989. He then worked for Northwest Management in Timber Inventory from 1989 to 1990. He has been a Forestry Consultant for Niemi Forestry since 1990.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Finance
Transportation, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Orcutt served on the following committees:

Issues

Bike tax

Orcutt supported a proposed tax of up to $25 on the sale of any bike worth $500 or more, part of a larger transportation funding bill (HB 1954) introduced on February 21, 2013, by Representative Judy Clibborn (D).[2] The proposed tax would raise $1 million over 10 years.[3] In a February 25 email response to a constituent opposed to the bike tax, he said, "Cyclists have an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride." He also mentioned that it was unfair for bikers to use roads without paying for their maintenance cost via gasoline taxes.[4] In a follow-up conversation, he confirmed his view that, although he did not know how the CO2 emissions generated by humans while biking compared to those given off by car engines, "You can’t just say that there’s no pollution as a result of riding a bicycle."[5] On March 4, Orcutt apologized for his comments and said he would search for alternatives to the bike tax.[3]

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 Ed Orcutt (R) and John Morgan (R) were unopposed in the primary. Orcutt defeated Morgan in the general election.[6][7][8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 20b General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Orcutt Incumbent 69.9% 26,326
     Republican John Morgan 30.1% 11,314
Total Votes 37,640

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Orcutt won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 20b. Orcutt was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated John Morgan (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Washington House of Representatives, District 20b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Orcutt Incumbent 68.7% 34,548
     Republican John Morgan 31.3% 15,755
Total Votes 50,303

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ed Orcutt was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 18b. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary and ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 18b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Orcutt (R) 26,161 100%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Ed Orcutt won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 14 receiving 64.24% of the vote (45,268 votes), defeating Democrat Jonathan Fant who received 35.76% of the vote (25,196 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 12(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Orcutt (R) 45,268 64.24%
Jonathan Fant (D) 25,196 35.76%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[11] Comprehensive donor information for Orcutt is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Orcutt raised a total of $653,329 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[12]

Ed Orcutt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 20 Won $102,855
2010 Washington State House, District 18 Won $91,116
2008 Washington State House, District 18 Won $107,805
2006 Washington State House, District 18 Won $97,192
2004 Washington State House, District 18 Won $115,614
2002 Washington State House, District 18 Won $138,747
Grand Total Raised $653,329

2012

Orcutt won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Orcutt raised a total of $102,855.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Orcutt's campaign in 2012
Broadband Communications Association Washington PAC$1,800
Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$1,800
Washington State Auto Dealers Association$1,800
Farmers Insurance Group$1,800
Building Industry Association Of Washington$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$102,855
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Orcutt was up for re-election, he collected $91,116 in donations.[13]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Orcutt's campaign in 2010
Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association$1,800
Washington Restaurant Association$1,600
Anheuser-Busch$1,600
Washington Bankers Association$1,600
Washington State Dental Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $91,116

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Ed Orcutt's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Physical Therapy Association of Washington $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Building Industry Association of Washington $1,600
Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[16] Orcutt missed 0 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation

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.[17]

2012

Orcutt proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $22.7 million, the 75th 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.[18] 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 Orcutt voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Ed Orcutt
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 N N Y

Personal

Orcutt has a wife, Marcie.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 16, 2014
  2. Washington Legislature, "Bill information for Washington HB 1954," accessed March 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Seattle Times, "Lawmaker apologizes for email saying cyclists’ breathing causes pollution," March 4, 2013
  4. Cascade Blog, "Legislator to small business owner: bicycling bad for the environment," March 2, 2013
  5. Seattle Bike Blog, "State lawmaker defends bike tax, says bicycling is not good for the environment," March 2, 2013
  6. Washington Secretary of State, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 20, 2014
  7. Washington Secretary of State, "August 5, 2014 Primary Results," accessed August 5, 2014
  8. Washington Secretary of State, "Official general election results, 2014," accessed December 2, 2014
  9. C-SPAN, "AP Election Results - Washington State House of Representatives," accessed August 7, 2012
  10. Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed July 16, 2012
  11. Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Contribution Limits," accessed April 16, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Orcutt, Edmund T," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed April 16, 2014
  14. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 23, 2014
  15. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 23, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Washington Policy Center, "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
  17. Freedom Foundation, "2012 Big Spender List," accessed April 16, 2014
  18. My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Alexander (R)
Washington House of Representatives District 20
2013-present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 18
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Liz Pike (R)