Glenn Anderson, Washington Representative

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Glenn Anderson
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Washington House of Representatives District 5b
Former member
In office
2001 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama-Birmingham, 1984
Date of birth03/24/1958
Place of birthBirmingham, AL
ProfessionBusiness consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Glenn Anderson is a former Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 5 from 2001 to 2013. Anderson has served as a Precinct Committee Officer for the 5th Legislative District of the Republican Party. He also ran for lieutenant governor in the 2012 elections.[1]

Anderson is a Business Management Consultant. He has worked in the following positions: Banker for Wachovia, First Interstate, Consultant for Strategic Intelligence Group, Small Business Owner, Longshoreman, Carpenter, Former Director/College Administrator in Business Development at Bellevue Community College, and Aerospace/Textile Factory Worker. Anderson earned his Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1984.[2]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Anderson ran for Lieutenant Governor of Washington.[3] He finished third in the August 7th blanket primary behind incumbent Brad Owen and Bill Finkbeiner.[4]

Lt. Governor of Washington, Primary election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen 48.5% 648,110
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Finkbeinder 26.4% 352,195
     Republican Glenn Anderson 17.2% 229,318
     No Party Preference James Robert Deal 4% 53,694
     Democracy Independent Mark Greene 3.5% 46,534
     Neopopulist Dave T. Sumner IV 0.5% 6,057
Total Votes 1,335,908
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'


On his campaign website, Anderson explained why he ran for lieutenant governor and outlined his priorities to "get [Washington] back in the game of success:"[5]

  • Aggressively encourage the creation of new, family-wage, private sector jobs. "Private sector job creation is the very heart of our prosperity. It is the engine that builds the middle class and pays for the public programs necessary to support our quality-of-life aspirations. It is the only proven successful driver to narrow the ‘have-have not’ gap for the greatest number of people and prevents political opportunists from dividing us for their own benefit. The best social program is a good job."
  • Assure that our K12 schools, colleges and universities are adequately funded and accountable for results. "Whatever anyone’s status is in life, a good education is the one thing that nobody can ever take away from them and provides everybody with the best ‘one more chance’ opportunity when things don’t work out. A well educated public is the best defense of our freedoms, prevents many of the dysfunctions in society government is asked to remedy, thereby keeping the cost of government down, and allows employers to invest in the science and technology advances to keep the private sector jobs machine growing."
  • Ensure that our social safety net provides a hand up to opportunity and achievement, not a dependency on government. "Getting ahead in life can take time, be hard and unexpectedly full of demanding challenges. Those who work hard and play by the rules to better themselves and provide for their families should be provided the opportunity and reasonable incentives to achieve their success. Providing sustainable shared public/private programs for the infirm, disabled and genuinely incapacitated is a sign of our moral strength as a community, not a wasteful luxury."
  • Insist that state government must live within the taxpayers’ means to provide for essential services. "There is only so much public money to go around and that always means conflict over where it gets spent. It has never been any different for any government or family on a budget. That means clear priorities have to be set and clear accountability for the results given to the public. Spending public monies at a level greater than the public can afford to support with no direction or accountable outcome is a proven road to ruin."
  • Encourage the state legislature to act in a civil, honest and thoughtful manner to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives and loved ones in the name of our Constitutional Republic. "We are a fractious, independent, opinionated and diverse people. Our pursuit of our freedoms can be messy and, at times, conflicted. This ‘messiness’ is actually our greatest strength that keeps us fresh, sensitive and innovative, even if extremely frustrating at times. How the Legislature conducts the people’s business sets the ethical and social standard for debate of the differences among us and how to resolve them. Organized special interests of both the left and right need to understand that they are guests at the forum of the people and not owners of our government no matter how much money they spend on political campaigns and influence."


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Glenn Anderson was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 5b. He defeated David Spring and Dean Willard in the August 17, 2010 primary. He also defeated Democrat David Spring in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 5b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Glenn Anderson (R) 36,170
David Spring (D) 26,907
Washington House of Representatives, District 5b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Glenn Anderson (R) 18,827 57.92%
Green check mark transparent.png David Spring (D) 8.144 25.05%
Dean Willard (D) 5,535 17.03%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Glenn Anderson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 5 receiving 51.58% of the vote (35,913 votes), defeating Democrat David Spring who received 48.42% of the vote (33,712 votes).[7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 5(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Glenn Anderson (R) 35,913 51.58%
David Spring (D) 33,712 48.42%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[8]


In 2010, a year in which Anderson was up for re-election, he collected $64,112 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Glenn Anderson's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Association of Realtors $1,600
Wal*Mart Stores $1,600
Public School Employees of Washington Local 1948 $1,600
Washington St Veterinary Medical Association $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600


Anderson has a wife, Elizabeth.


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.[10]


Anderson proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $5.52 billion, the 16th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[11]

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 Anderson voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Chad Magendanz (R)