James Moeller

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James Moeller
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Washington House of Representatives District 49b
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWashington State University, 1978
Personal
Birthday07/02/1955
Place of birthVancouver, WA
ProfessionSocial Work
ReligionChristian/Lutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
James "Jim" Moeller (b. July 2, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He currently serves as Speaker Pro Tempore.

Biography

Moeller earned his B.S. from Washington State University in 1978. He then attended the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland University. He also attended the Mark Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University in 2000.

Moeller has worked for Kaiser Permanente as a Chemical Dependency Counselor since 1985. He was a Counselor for Grant Company Mental Health from 1979 to 1982. He then worked as a Counselor for Mount Hood Mental Health from 1982 to 1985.

Moeller served as a Councilman on the Vancouver City Council from 1995 to 2002.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care and Wellness
Labor and Workforce Development
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Moeller's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "The best tax solution for our state is a balance of consumption (sales), property (wealth), and income (graduated) taxes on individuals and businesses."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "The ability to get goods and services to market and people to their jobs is an essential component of a vibrant economy. It’s also time for Vancouver to join the economic engine in Portland just across the river."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I sincerely hope that the Republicans next year will offer more than just slogans and arguments with the court, and that they will propose real cash revenue. The “reforms” they propose are really just moving money around. We aren’t going to find the money to invest in our state’s children in the seat cushions! We need new revenue streams — and yes, that means taxes. We need $1.5-$2 billion. That’s some serious money!"

Elections

2014

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent James Moeller (D) and Lisa Phifer Ross (R) defeated Carolyn Crain (R) in the primary. Moeller and Ross will face off in the general election.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49b Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moeller Incumbent 55% 11,381
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Ross 26.8% 5,540
     Republican Carolyn Crain 18.3% 3,783
Total Votes 20,704

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Moeller won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 49b. Moeller was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Carolyn Crain (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moeller Incumbent 60.6% 31,858
     Republican Carolyn Crain 39.4% 20,737
Total Votes 52,595

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

James Moeller was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 49b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary. In the November 2, 2010, general election, he defeated Republican Craig Riley.

Washington House of Representatives, District 49b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Moeller (D) 21,975
Craig Riley (R) 19,118
Washington House of Representatives, District 49b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Moeller (D) 12,803 53.14%
Green check mark transparent.png Craig Riley (R) 11,291 46.86%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat James Moeller won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 49 receiving 62.62% of the vote (30,401 votes), defeating Independent Mike Bomar who received 37.38% of the vote (18,149 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 49(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Moeller (D) 30,401 62.62%
Mike Bomar (I) 18,149 37.38%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7]

Comprehensive donor information for Moeller is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Moeller raised a total of $610,284 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[8]

James Moeller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 49 Won $96,675
2010 Washington State House, District 49 Won $110,308
2008 Washington State House, District 49 Won $105,383
2006 Washington State House, District 49 Won $96,330
2004 Washington State House, District 49 Won $65,116
2002 Washington State House, District 49 Won $136,472
Grand Total Raised $610,284

2012

Moeller won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Moeller raised a total of $96,675.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Moeller's campaign in 2012
Campaign Cmte 49th Leg Dist Dem Central Committee$3,900
Pacific Northwest Regional Council Of Carpenters$3,130
Washington State Medical Association$1,800
Washington Chiropractic Trust$1,800
Columbia United Providers$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$96,675
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Moeller was up for re-election, he collected $110,308 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Moeller's campaign in 2010
Clark County Democratic Central Cmte$3,800
Washington State Medical Association$1,600
Washington State Dental Association$1,600
Washington Chiropractic Trust$1,600
Washington State Federation Of Teachers$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $110,308

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to James Moeller's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington State Hospital Association $1,600
David Nierenberg $1,600
Western Washington Trial Lawyers for Victims Rights $1,600
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,600
Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 452 $1,600

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[12] Moeller missed 2 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 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.[13]

2012

Moeller proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $8.05 billion, the 8th 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.[14] 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 Moeller voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - James Moeller
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 Y

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Moeller's endorsements include the following:[15]

  • Abbott Laboratories Employee PAC
  • Amgen USA
  • Cambia Healthy Solutions
  • Campaign for Tribal Self Reliance by WA. Gaming Assoc.
  • Caremark RX Inc.
  • Credit Union Legislative Action Fund
  • Davita
  • Delta Dental
  • IAFF Local #452
  • IQ Credit Union PAC

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Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 49
2003–present
Succeeded by
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