Adam Kline

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Adam Kline
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Washington State Senate District 37
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University, 1968
J.D.University of Maryland, 1972
Date of birthOctober 27, 1944
Place of birthRed Bank, NJ
ProfessionLaborers Union
Office website
Adam Kline (b. October 27, 1944) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 37. He was first appointed to the chamber in January 1997. He served as Democratic Assistant Whip for that year. [1]


Kline earned his BA from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He went on to receive his JD from the University of Maryland in 1972.

Kline is an attorney. He has been employed by for the Laborers Union since 2004. He was a legal services attorney from 1973 to 1977. Kline has worked as a newspaper reporter as well as a merchant seaman in the past. From 1972 to 1973 he worked in legal services, MS. He was in private practice from 1977 to 2004.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Law & Justice
Natural Resources & Parks


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


Public Records Act

The Washington state legislature is one of several states that exempts many of its own records from public disclosure. According to the state's Public Records Act, legislators are not required to reveal all their email correspondence and other internal communications to the public. According to The Seattle Times, Kline has expressed hostility toward the idea that these records should be public.[3][4]



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Adam Kline was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 37. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 17, 2010. He defeated Independent Tamra Smilanich in the November 2, 2010 General Election.[5][6]

Washington State Senate, District 37 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Adam Kline (D) 34,130 61.81%
Tamra Smilanich (No preference) 4,797 12.06%
Washington State Senate, District 37 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Adam Kline (D) 17,706 88.67%
Green check mark transparent.png Tamra Smilanich 2,263 11.33%


In November 2006, Kline was re-elected for the 37th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 28,417 votes.

Kline raised $64,045 for his campaign.[7]

Washington State Senate, District 37 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Adam Kline (D) 28,417
Brian Thomas (R) 4,433

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kline received $70,693 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[8]


In 2006, Kline collected $64,045 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [9]

Donor Amount
Adam Kline $1,983
Washington State Council of Service Employees $1,400
The Roosevelt Fund $1,400
Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs $1,400


Kline and his wife Laura Gene Middaugh have one child. Laura Gene Middaugh is a King County Superior Court Judge.


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. [10]


Kline proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $22.3, the 5th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[11]

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