Mark Schoesler

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Mark Schoesler
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Washington State Senate District 9
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Republican Leader, Washington State Senate
2013-present
Republican Floor Leader, Washington State Senate
2007-2012
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1993-2002
Education
Associate'sSpokane Community College
Personal
ProfessionFarmer
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mark Schoesler is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. Beginning in 2013, Schoesler serves as the Republican Leader in the Majority Caucus Coalition led by Democrat Rodney Tom.

Schoesler was the Minority Floor Leader from 2007 to 2012. In 2006, he was the Republican Whip in the Senate. Previously, Schoesler served the Washington State House of Representatives from 1993 to 2002. He was the Republican Whip there from 1999 to 2001.[1]

Biography

Schoesler earned his A.A.S. in Agribusiness from Spokane Community College. Schoesler worked as a farmer of wheat, canola, and cattle, starting in 1981. He worked for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation from 1977 to 1980. During this time, he also worked for Schoesler Farm Incorporated.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development
Rules
Ways & Means

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Schoesler ran in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 9. Schoesler ran unopposed in the open primary on August 7, 2012. He won in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Schoesler ran unopposed and was re-elected for the Ninth District of the Washington State Senate receiving 41,263 votes.

Schoesler raised $153,980 for his campaign.[4]

Washington State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Schoesler (R) 41,263

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schoesler is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Schoesler raised a total of $826,372 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Mark Schoesler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 9 Won $174,430
2010 Washington State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $14,425
2008 Washington State Senate, District 9 Won $153,980
2006 Washington State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $2,310
2004 Washington State Senate, District 9 Won $158,929
2002 Washington State House, District 9 Won $76,896
2000 Washington State House, District 9 Won $66,060
1998 Washington State House, District 9 Won $49,025
1996 Washington State House, District 9 Won $55,947
1994 Washington State House, District 9 Won $23,711
1992 Washington State House, District 9 Won $50,659
Grand Total Raised $826,372

2012

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $174,430.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Schoesler's campaign in 2012
Washington Bankers Association$1,800
Washington Forest Protection Association$1,800
Weyerhaeuser Co$1,800
Youngs Market Co$1,800
Washington Dental Services$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$174,430
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Schoesler was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $14,425.

2008

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $153,980.

2006

Schoesler was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $2,310.

2004

Schoesler won election to the Washington State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $158,929.

2002

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $76,896.

2000

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $66,060.

1998

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $49,025.

1996

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $55,947.

1994

Schoesler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $23,711.

1992

Schoesler won election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1992. During that election cycle, Schoesler raised a total of $50,659.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mark Schoesler endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Scorecards

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.[7] 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.[7] Schoesler missed 2 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.[8]

2012

Schoesler proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $30.5 million, the 28th highest amount of proposed new 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.[9] 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 Schoesler voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

Personal

Mark lives with his wife, Ginger, and they have two children.

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