|Washington State Senate District 25|
|2001 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Washington State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Berkeley|
|Date of birth||October 5, 1959|
|Place of birth||Bellingham, WA|
|Profession||Part Time Faculty, South Puget Sound Community College|
Kastama attended Claremont Men's College. He went on to earn his B.A. from the University of California - Berkeley.
Kastama is a member of the part-time faculty at South Puget Sound Community College.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kastama served on the following committees:
- Joint Administrative Rules Review
- Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Committee, Washington State Senate, Chair
- Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Washington State Senate
- Ways and Means Committee, Washington State Senate
Senator Kastama ran for Secretary of State in 2012. He faced 6 opponents, representing all parties, in Washington's blanket primary election on August 7, 2012. He was defeated in the primary by Kim Wyman ((R) and Kathleen Drew (D).
|Washington Secretary of State, Primary, 2012|
|Constitution Party||Karen Murray||3.8%||50,888|
|No Party Preference||David Anderson||3.3%||44,276|
|Human Rights Party||Sam Wright||1.6%||20,809|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'|
Kastama told voters about his plans to apply "the same practicality, ingenuity, and boldness that has defined my sixteen years in the State Legislature," to the job of secretary of state. He cites raising voter confidence and youth registration as priorities for the office, as well as modernizing the office through new technologies.
Kastama's 2012 bid for secretary of state was endorsed by several individuals, elected officials, and organizations, including The Seattle Times. The times published its statement of support on July 20, saying that "[Kastama] has a legislative record of seeking improvements that serve citizens, rather than special interests, and courageously bucks the party line when necessary."Cite error: Closing
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On November 4, 2008, Kastama was re-elected for the 25th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 32,988 votes.
Kastama raised $150,420 for his campaign.
|Washington State Senate, District 25 (2008)|
|Jim Kastama (D)||32,988|
|Michele Smith (R)||25,338|
In 2008, Kastama collected $150,420 in donations.
Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign.
|Washington State Democratic Party||$34,000|
|Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE of Washington||$5,030|
|Washington State Hospital Association||$1,600|
Kastama and his wife Barbara have five children.
- 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.
Kastama proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.3 million, the 38th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
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. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Kastama voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 Senate Scorecard - Jim Kastama|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
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- Jim Kastama on the Washington State Senate website (dead link)
- Senate Democrats website
- Legislative profile of Kastama on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Kastama on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Campaign website
- Washington Votes profile of Kastama
- Jim Kastama for Secretary of State
- Follow Kastma on Twitter
- Jim Kastama on Facebook
- Kastama on YouTube
- 25th Legislative District Map
- Project Vote Smart - Sen. Kastama
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," August 7, 2012 (dead link)
- Jim Kastama for Secretary of State, "Jim Kastama," accessed May 17, 2012
- Follow the Money's report on Kastama 2008 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Jim Kastama
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
|Washington State Senate District 25
| Succeeded by|
Bruce Dammeier (R)