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Karen Keiser
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Washington State Senate District 33
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Appointed2001
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1996-2001
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1969
Master'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1973
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 29, 1947
Place of birthSioux City, IA
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Karen Keiser is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 33. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2001.

Previously, Keiser was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 1996 and served there until her appointment to the Senate in 2001. Keiser's first political experience began with her service as Precinct Committee Officer of the 33rd District from 1988 to 1995.[1]

Biography

Keiser earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1969. She went on to earn her MSJ in Journalism from the University of California-Berkeley in 1973. She then graduated from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Keiser was a reporter for several TV stations. From 1972 to 1975 she worked for KGW-TV in Oregon. She then worked for KMGH-TV in Colorado from 1975 to 1978. She went on to work for KSTW-TV in Washington from 1979 to 1981. Keiser also was Communications Director for the Washington State Labor Council from 1981 to 2006.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce & Labor
Health Care
Rules
Ways & Means
Joint Administrative Rules Review

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Keiser's campaign website highlights the following issues:[3]

  • Excerpt: "Excellent educational opportunities from pre-school through college."
  • Excerpt: "Excellent health care that is affordable and accessible to all."
  • Excerpt: "Economic security for our hard working families and small business owners."

Political positions

Debt negotiations

Keiser is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[4] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011, to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate 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 Karen Keiser (D) and Martin Metz (R) defeated Marylin Taylor (D) in the primary. Keiser and Metz will face off in the general election.[6][7]

Washington State Senate, District 33 Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Keiser Incumbent 51.5% 8,364
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Metz 36.2% 5,875
     Democratic Marylin J. Taylor 12.4% 2,007
Total Votes 16,246

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Karen Keiser was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 33. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010. She defeated Republican Jack Michalek in the November 2, 2010 General Election.

Washington State Senate, District 33 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Keiser (D) 20,559 59.78%
Jack Michalek (R) 13,833 40.22%
Washington State Senate, District 33 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Keiser (D) 11,107 57.77%
Green check mark transparent.png Jack Michalek (R) 8,120 42.23%

2006

In November 2006, Keiser was re-elected for the 33rd District of the Washington State Senate receiving 18,083 votes.

Keiser raised $223,090 for her campaign.[8]

Washington State Senate, District 33 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Keiser (D) 18,083
Karen Steele (R) 10,898

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Keiser is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Keiser raised a total of $647,446 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[9]

Karen Keiser's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 33 Not up for election $17,576
2010 Washington State Senate, District 33 Won $117,669
2008 Washington State Senate, District 33 Not up for election $15,910
2006 Washington State Senate, District 33 Won $223,090
2004 Washington State Senate, District 33 Not up for election $8,689
2002 Washington State Senate, District 33 Won $71,471
2000 Washington State House, District 33 Won $61,512
1998 Washington State House, District 33 Won $50,275
1996 Washington State House, District 33 Won $81,254
Grand Total Raised $647,446

2012

Keiser was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $17,576.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Keiser's campaign in 2012
Washington Association Of Naturopathic Physicians (Wanp) PAC$1,700
Unitedhealthcare$1,700
Avalon Health Care Management$1,600
Washington State Residential Care Council$1,200
Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association$900
Total Raised in 2012$17,576
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Keiser won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $117,669.

2008

Keiser was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $15,910.

2006

Keiser won election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $223,090.

2004

Keiser was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $8,689.

2002

Keiser won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $71,471.

2000

Keiser won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $61,512.

1998

Keiser won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $50,275.

1996

Keiser won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Keiser raised a total of $81,254.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Keiser's endorsements include the following:[10]

  • Seattle Times

Personal

Keiser is divorced with three children, named David, Elizabeth and Marc.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arizona scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[13] Keiser missed 4 votes in a total of 1017 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.[14]

2012

Keiser proposed a 10-year decrease in state taxes and fees of $3.01 billion, the 44th highest amount of proposed new net taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators 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.[15] 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 Keiser voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Karen Keiser
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
N N Y N

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