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Mike Carrell

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Mike Carrell
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Washington State Senate District 28
Former member
In office
2004 - May 29, 2013
Deputy Minority Leader, Washington State Senate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPacific Lutheran University
Place of birthTacoma, WA
(dead link) Office website
Mike Carrell was a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 28. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2004. He passed away on May 29, 2013.[1][2] Steve O'Ban was appointed to Carrell's seat on June 5, 2013.[3] He was a member of the Republican leadership, serving as the Deputy Republican Leader.

Carrell served in the Washington House of Representatives for 10 years before his appointment to the senate.[4]


Carrell earned his B.A. in Education from Pacific Lutheran University. He went on to do post-graduate work in science. Carrell worked as a science instructor for Pierce College. He also worked as a teacher for Keithley Middle School, Gates Alternative High School, and Frankiln Pierce High School.

Committee assignments


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Carrell served on the following committees:

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


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Carrell won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 28. Carrell was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Yoshie Wong (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Carrell Incumbent 58.4% 32,146
     Democratic Yoshie Wong 41.6% 22,896
Total Votes 55,042


On November 4, 2008, Carrell was re-elected for the 28th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 27,628 votes.

Carrell raised $374,200 for his campaign.[7]

Washington State Senate, District 28 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Carrell (R) 27,628
Debi Srail (D) 21,644

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carrell is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Carrell raised a total of $1,231,289 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[8]

Mike Carrell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington Senate, District 28 Won $195,326
2010 Washington Senate, District 28 Not up for election $2,350
2008 Washington Senate, District 28 Won $374,200
2006 Washington Senate, District 28 Not up for election $5,584
2004 Washington Senate, District 28 Won $208,637
2002 Washington House, District 28B Won $109,147
2000 Washington House, District 28B Won $125,960
1998 Washington House, District 28B Won $57,993
1996 Washington House, District 28B Won $90,294
1994 Washington House, District 28B Won $45,983
1992 Washington House, District 28A Defeated $15,815
Grand Total Raised $1,231,289


Carrell won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carrell raised a total of $195,326.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Carrell's campaign in 2012
Southern Wine & Spirits$2,700
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,800
Avista Corp$1,800
Washington Chiropractic Trust$1,800
Progressive Casualty Insurance$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$195,326
Source: Follow the Money


In 2008, Carrell collected $374,200 in donations.

Listed below are the top five contributors to his campaign.[9]

Donor Amount
Washington State Republican Party $43,992
Senate Republican Campaign CMTE of Washington $42,200
28th District Republican Legislative CMTE $5,700
Pierce County Republican Party $5,000
Mike Carrell $2,646


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.[10] 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.[10] Carrell missed 300 votes in a total of 577 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.[11]


Carrell proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $15.3 million, the 32nd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[12]

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.[13] 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 Carrell voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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


Carrell and his widow, Charlotte Ann, lived in Lakewood. Carrell also leaves behind three sons and five grandchildren.

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Preceded by
Washington State Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Steve O'Ban (R)