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Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney
Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney.jpg
Washington House of Representatives District 46b
Former member
In office
1997 - 2003
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
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Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney is a former Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 46 from 1997 to 2013. Kenney served as a Presidential Delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business.

She has been a Community Relations Consultant, small business owner of the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, and Assistant Commissioner for the Employment Security Department.[1]

In early March 2012, Rep. Kenney announced that she would be retiring from the Legislature at the end of her term.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kenney served on the following committees:



See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 46b. She ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election she defeated Beau Gunderson.[2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 46b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney (D) 41,979
Beau Gunderson (I) 8,001
Washington House of Representatives, District 46b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phyllis G. Kenney (D) 22,562 84.16%
Green check mark transparent.png Beau Gunderson 4,247 15.84%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Phyllis G. Kenney won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 46 receiving 82.86% of the vote (50,943 votes), defeating Grand Old Party candidate John Sweeney who received 17.14% of the vote (10,538 votes).[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 46(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney (D) 50,943 82.86%
John Sweeney (G) 10,538 17.14%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[4]


In 2010, a year in which Kenney was up for re-election, she collected $50,596 in donations.[5]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Education Association $1,600
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe $1,600
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,600
Washington Healthcare Association $1,500
Eli Lilly & Co. $1,000


Kenney and her husband, Larry, have ten children.


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 taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[6]


Kenney proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.87 billion, the 38th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives 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 Kenney voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda

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Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 46
Succeeded by
Jessyn Farrell (D)