Mike Padden

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Mike Padden
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Washington State Senate District 4
In office
November 29, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives
1980 – 1995
Bachelor'sGonzaga University
J.D.Gonzaga Law School (1974)
Office website
Mike Padden is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Padden served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1980 to 1995.


Padden earned his Bachelor's degree at Gonzaga University and earned his law degree from Gonzaga Law School in 1974.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services & Corrections
Law & Justice, Chair
Ways & Means
Joint Administrative Rules Review



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Padden ran in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 4. Padden ran unopposed in the open primary on August 7, 2012. He won the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]


Padden defeated incumbent Jeff Baxter (R) to win election to the District 4 seat in a special election held on November 8, 2011.[2]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Padden is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Padden raised a total of $165,291 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[3]

Mike Padden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 4 Won $79,000
2011 Washington State Senate special election, District 4 Won $86,291
Grand Total Raised $165,291


Padden won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Padden raised a total of $79,000.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Padden's campaign in 2012
Washington Apartment Association$1,800
Delta Dental$1,800
Washington Bankers Association$1,800
Washington Restaurant Association$1,800
JP Morgan Chase & Co$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$79,000
Source:Follow the Money


Padden won election to the Washington State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Padden raised a total of $86,291.


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[4]


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[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] Padden missed 0 votes in a total of 1017 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation


See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation 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.[7] 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 Padden voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Mike Padden
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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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Baxter (R)
Washington State Senate District 4
November 29, 2011-present
Succeeded by