Kirk Pearson (Washington)

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Kirk Pearson
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Washington State Senate District 39
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives, District 39b
2001 - 2013
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kirk Pearson is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Pearson is a former member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 39b from 2001 to 2013.

Biography

Pearson attended Wenatchee Valley College from 1977 to 1978. He then attended Central Washington University from 1981 to 1984. Pearson was a Special Assistant to United States Representative Jack Metcalf from 1995 to 2000.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services & Corrections, Vice-chair
Law & Justice
Natural Resources & Parks, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Pearson won election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 39. Pearson ran unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Scott Olson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKirk Pearson 57.6% 33,449
     Democratic Scott Olson 42.4% 24,603
Total Votes 58,052

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kirk Pearson was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 39b. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 39b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kirk Pearson (R) 21,976 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Kirk Pearson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 39 receiving 61.87% of the vote (37,455 votes), defeating Democrat David Personius who received 38.13% of the vote (23,088 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 39(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kirk Pearson (R) 37,455 61.87%
David Personius (D) 23,088 38.13%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pearson is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Pearson raised a total of $650,834 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[4]

Kirk Pearson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 39/Washington State House, District 39 Won $130,640
2010 Washington State House, District 39 Won $51,703
2008 Washington State House, District 39 Won $67,832
2006 Washington State House, District 39 Won $58,776
2004 Washington State House, District 39 Won $59,098
2002 Washington State House, District 39 Won $55,414
2000 Washington State House, District 39 Won $141,507
1994 Washington State House, District 39 Defeated $22,091
1992 Washington State House, District 39 Defeated $63,773
Grand Total Raised $650,834

2012

Senate

Pearson won election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $113,279.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kirk Pearson's campaign in 2012
Two Jinn Inc$1,800
Compas Account #1$1,800
National Rifle Association$1,800
Farmers Insurance Group$1,800
Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$113,279
Source:Follow the Money

House

Pearson raised money for his race for the House before switching to running for the Senate.

Pearson was not up for election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $17,361.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kirk Pearson's campaign in 2012
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,200
Washington State Dental Association$800
Anheuser-Busch$800
Wal-Mart$800
Philip Morris$800
Total Raised in 2012$17,361
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pearson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $51,703.

2008

Pearson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $67,832.

2006

Pearson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $58,776.

2004

Pearson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $59,098.

2002

Pearson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $55,414.

2000

Pearson won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $141,507.

1994

Pearson lost the election for the Washington House of Representatives in 1994. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $22,091.

1992

Pearson lost the election for the Washington House of Representatives in 1992. During that election cycle, Pearson raised a total of $63,773.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[5]

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.[6] 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.[6] Pearson missed 0 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.[7]

2012

Pearson proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $22.9 million, the 73rd 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.[8] 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 Pearson voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Kirk Pearson
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

Pearson and his wife, Rachel, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Val Stevens (R)
Washington State Senate District 39
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Washington House of Representatives District 39b
2001-2013
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Scott (R)