Margarita Prentice

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Margarita Prentice
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Washington State Senate District 11
Former member
In office
1993 - 2013
President Pro Tempore, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1992
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
Margarita Prentice is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 11 from 1993 to 2013. Prentice served as State Senate President Pro Tempore from 2011 to 2012, and Majority Caucus Vice Chair from 1993 to 1994. Previously, she served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1989 to 1992. She also is a former member of the Renton School Board.[1]

Prentice is a registered nurse. She has attended Youngstown University, the University of Washington, Saint Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, and Phoenix College.[2]

Committee assignments


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



Prentice did not seek re-election in 2012. Following redistricting, her home would no longer be in the 11th District, but fall in the 37th District, where fellow Democrat Adam Kline is the incumbent. Prentice said she had considered retiring and "redistricting made it very clear."[3]


On November 4, 2008, Prentice was re-elected for the Eleventh District of the Washington State Senate receiving 25,817 votes.

Prentice raised $277,071 for her campaign.[4]

Washington State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Margarita Prentice (D) 25,817
Juan Martinez (D) 12,011

Campaign donors


In 2008, Prentice collected $277,071 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign.[5]

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE of Washington $4,503
Tulalip Tribes of Washington $3,200
Washington Education Association $2,100
Central Washington Lawyers for Working Families $1,600


Margarita Prentice is married to William Prentice.


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.[6]


Prentice proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $27.62 billion, the 3rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[7]

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 Prentice voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Preceded by
Washington State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Bob Hasegawa (D)