Tina Orwall

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Tina Orwall
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Washington House of Representatives District 33a
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1988
Master'sUniversity of Washington, 1991
ProfessionSocial Work
Office website
Campaign website
Tina Orwall is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 33. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. She currently serves as State House Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore.


Orwall earned a M.A. in Social Work Administration from the University of Washington, and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Orwall has served as an Elected Precinct Committee Officer and Former Chair of the 33rd Legislative District. Orwall works for the Washington State Taking Healthcare Home Coordinator in the City of Seattle, Office of Housing.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations and Elections


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


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


Campaign themes


Orwall's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


  • Excerpt: "Tina believes that every child deserves a high quality education."


  • Excerpt: "Tina is committed to helping our local economy."

Affordable Housing

  • Excerpt: "Tina has been advocating for homeowners and tenants."

Military and Veterans

  • Excerpt: "Tina supports our troops."


  • Excerpt: "Everyone deserves quality and affordable health care."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives 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 Tina Orwall (D) and Michael Siefkes (R) were unopposed in the primary. Orwall and Siefkes will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Orwall won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 33a. Orwall was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Will Benge (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 33a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTina Orwall Incumbent 71.6% 32,698
     Republican Will Benge 28.4% 12,942
Total Votes 45,640


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Tina Orwall was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 33a. She was unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary and in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 33a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tina Orwall (D) 12,306 100%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Tina Orwall won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 33 receiving 62.41% of the vote (25,336 votes), defeating Republican Todd Gibson who received 37.59% of the vote (15,260 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 33(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tina Orwalla (D) 25,336 62.41%
Todd Gibson (R) 24,479 38.06%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6]

Comprehensive donor information for Orwall is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Orwall raised a total of $170,727 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Tina Orwall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 33 Won $59,633
2010 Washington State House, District 33 Won $30,269
2008 Washington State House, District 33 Won $80,825
Grand Total Raised $170,727


Orwall won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Orwall raised a total of $59,633.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tina Orwall's campaign in 2012
SeaTac Firefighters IAFF 2919$1,800
Washington Bankers$1,800
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,800
Fire Fighters Local 2024$1,800
Washington Healthcare Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$59,633
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Orwall was up for re-election, she collected $30,269 in donations.[8]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tina Orwall's campaign in 2010
Pacific Northwest Regional Council Of Carpenters$1,600
Fire Fighters Local 2024$1,600
Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council$1,600
League Of Education Voters$1,500
Kent Fire Fighters Local 1747$1,300
Total Raised in 2010 $30,269


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Tina Orwall's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Tina L. Orwall $7,500
Washington State Democratic Party $4,734
Washington Education Association $1,600
Seatac Professional Fire Fighters Local 2919 $1,600
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $1,600


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[9]


In 2012, the 62nd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 9 to March 8.[10]

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.[11] 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.[11] Orwall missed 40 votes in a total of 1211 roll calls. Orwall responded to the number of votes missed. “I had to leave Olympia a couple of nights this session to tend to some important family matters. As you can see from my previous voting record, I missed only 14 votes throughout the past 5 sessions since I’ve been in office. My family issues required my attention on two nights this year, but many bills went to the Floor those two evenings.”[12]

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.[13]


Orwall proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $6.27 billion, the 12th highest amount of proposed new taxes and spending of the 93 Washington state representatives 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 Orwall voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Tina Orwall
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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