Steve Hobbs, Washington Senator

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Steve Hobbs
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Washington State Senate District 44
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 7
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1994
Associate'sEverett Community College, 1992
Military service
Service/branchWashington Army National Guard
Years of service2005-Present
Service branchUnited States Army
Years of service1996-2005
ProfessionFacilities Manager, University of Washington
Office website
Steve Hobbs is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.[1] He ran for U.S. House in 2012.


Hobbs earned his AA from Everett Community College in 1992. He went on to receive his B.A. from the University of Washington Political Science in 1994. Hobbs served in the United States Army Reserves from 1987 to 1996. During these years he also worked in loss prevention for Sears. He then served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1996 to 2005. He began working as a facilities manager for the University of Washington and joined the United States Army National Guard in 2005. He has been working in these positions since. Hobbs is a member of the Army National Guard Reserve and served in Iraq and Kosovo.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development
Financial Institutions & Insurance, Chair


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Steve Hobbs (D) and Jim Kellett (R) were unopposed in the primary. Hobbs and Kellett will face off in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Hobbs ran for U.S. House representing Washington's 1st District.[5] He was seeking nomination as a Democrat and was defeated in the August 7 primary.

As of late July, polling had Republican John Koster leading his challengers, who were five Democrats and an independent. The same data showed Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene overtaking Darcy Burner for the second slot, thanks largely to a recent TV ad blitz from DelBene.[6]

At a July event, the candidates had an opportunity to name their highest priority. Burner raised concerns about Super PACs and voiced support of the Affordable Care Act. DelBene said she would focus on job creation. Darshan Rauniyar and Steve Hobbs promised to bring a new face to politics. Laura Ruderman stressed greater health care access. The only Republican in the race, Koster emphasized the need for smaller government.[7]


See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Steve Hobbs was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 44 seat. He defeated Lillian Kaufer, Dave Schmidt and Ryan Ferrie in the August 17 primary. He defeated Republican Dave Schmidt in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington State Senate, District 44 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Hobbs (D) 30,441 50.78%
Dave Schmidt (R) 29,505 49.22%
Washington State Senate, District 44 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Schmidt (R) 11,119 36.30%
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Hobbs (D) 10,972 35.82%
Lillian Kaufer (D) 4,430 14.46%
Ryan Ferrie (R) 4,110 13.42%


In November 2006, Hobbs was re-elected for the 44th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 23,582 votes.

Hobbs raised $156,413 for his campaign.[8]

Washington State Senate, District 44 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Hobbs (D) 23,582
David Schmidt (R) 21,518



Hobbs was endorsed by the Seattle Times, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), the Snohomish County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (SCDSA), the King County Corrections Guild (KCCG), the national Fraternal Order of Police and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF).

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hobbs is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Hobbs raised a total of $540,869 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[9]

Steve Hobbs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $30,250
2010 Washington State Senate, District 44 Won $309,222
2008 Washington State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $36,602
2006 Washington State Senate, District 44 Won $156,413
1994 Washington State House, District 39 Defeated $8,382
Grand Total Raised $540,869


Hobbs was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $30,250.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Hobbs's campaign in 2012
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,800
Burr, Jon$1,800
Fenell, David$1,800
Washington State Residential Care Council$1,400
Public School Employees Of Washington$1,300
Total Raised in 2012$30,250
Source:Follow the Money


Hobbs won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $309,222.


Hobbs was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $36,602.


Hobbs won election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $156,413.


Hobbs lost the election for the Washington House of Representatives in 1994. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $8,382.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[10]


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[11]

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.[12] 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.[12] Hobbs missed 18 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.[13]


Hobbs proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.27 billion, the 10th 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.[14] 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 Hobbs voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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


Hobbs and his wife, Pam, have three children.

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