Nathan Schlicher

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Nathan Schlicher
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Former candidate for
Washington House of Representatives, District 26a
Prior offices
Washington State Senate, District 26
January 21, 2013 - December 20, 2013
Bachelor'sPacific Lutheran University
J.D.University of Washington
M.D.University of Washington
Place of birthBremerton, Washington
Campaign website
Nathan Schlicher was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 26a of the Washington House of Representatives.[1]

Schlicher is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 26 from January 21, 2013, to December 20, 2013. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 21, 2013. He was appointed to replace Derek Kilmer, who resigned to take a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.[2]


Schlicher received his bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and his J.D. and M.D. from the University of Washington. He is a clinician and associate director of the emergency department at St. Joseph's Medical Center.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care
Trade & Economic Development


Campaign themes


Schlicher's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

Ensuring Quality Health Care

  • Excerpt: "As your next State Representative, I’ll lead the effort to make our health care system work right."

Opportunity Through Education

  • Excerpt: "Nathan will make sure early learning, our K-12 system, career and technical training and higher education are fully funded in the state budget."

Creating Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Rebuild and maintain our transportation network that is the backbone of our economy."
  • Excerpt: "Promote jobs that provide benefits and pay that can support a family out of poverty."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Jesse L. Young (R) and Nathan Schlicher (D) defeated Bill Scheidler (R) in the primary. Young defeated Schlicher in the general election.[1][5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 26a General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJesse L. Young Incumbent 53.7% 26,391
     Democratic Nathan Schlicher 46.3% 22,763
Total Votes 49,154


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Schlicher ran for re-election in the special election for Washington State Senate District 26. The election was for the remaining year of Derek Kilmer (D)'s term. Schlicher was selected to fill Kilmer's vacancy for the 2013 legislative session. Schlicher was defeated by Rep. Jan Angel (R) in the special election, which took place on November 5. Schlicher conceded the race after trailing by more than 1,500 votes on November 7.[7][8][9][10]

Washington State Senate, District 26, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJan Angel 52.1% 24,112
     Democratic Nathan Schlicher Incumbent 47.9% 22,192
Total Votes 46,304

More than $2.3 million was spent on this race, making it the most expensive state legislative campaign in Washington history. The candidates themselves reported spending nearly $1.2 million while outside spending as accounted for another $1.2 million. More than half of that million was spent in opposition to Angel. This campaign drew significant interest because the Republican-led coalition held a one-vote majority in the chamber. Analysts believed that if Angel won the seat, it would give Republicans a foothold that would be hard to lose in the midterm elections. A win for Schlicher, however, would seal the fate of the Republican-lead coalition in those same elections.[11]

A week before this special election, internal polling by both Democrats and Republicans showed the race to be a virtual tie. In an August 6 primary, Angel defeated Schlicher by more than nine points - 54.6% to 45.4%. The district was considered evenly split, with President Obama winning by 900 votes in the 2012 presidential election.[12]


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.[13] 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.[13] Schlicher missed 2 votes in a total of 619 roll calls.


Schlicher and his wife, Jessica, have three children.[3]



In 2014, Schlicher's endorsements included the following:[14]

  • Congressman Derek Kilmer
  • Representative Larry Seaquist
  • Representative Drew Hansen
  • Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder
  • Kitsap County Commissioner Linda Streissguth
  • Washington State Nurses Association
  • Washington State Patrol Troopers Association
  • Washington State Labor Council
  • Gig Harbor Professional Firefighters
  • Bremerton Firefighters Local 437

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Political offices
Preceded by
Derek Kilmer (D)
Washington State Senate District 25
January 2013-December 2013
Succeeded by
Jan Angel (R)