Adam Kline

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Adam Kline
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Washington State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
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
Education
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University, 1968
J.D.University of Maryland, 1972
Personal
BirthdayOctober 27, 1944
Place of birthRed Bank, NJ
ProfessionLaborers Union
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
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]

Biography

Kline earned his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He went on to receive his J.D. 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

2013-2014

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

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

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]

Elections

2010

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%

2006

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

Comprehensive donor information for Kline is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Kline raised a total of $300,593 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[8]

Adam Kline's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $0
2010 Washington State Senate, District 37 Won $70,693
2008 Washington State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $0
2006 Washington State Senate, District 37 Won $64,045
2004 Washington State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $0
2002 Washington State Senate, District 37 Won $67,065
2000 Washington State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $750
1998 Washington State Senate, District 37 Won $98,040
Grand Total Raised $300,593

2010

Kline won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kline raised a total of $70,693.

2006

Kline won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Kline raised a total of $64,045.

2002

Kline won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Kline raised a total of $67,065.

2000

Kline was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Kline raised a total of $750.

1998

Kline won election to the Washington State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Kline raised a total of $98,040.

Personal

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

Scorecards

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. [9]

2012

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.[10]

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.[11] 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 Kline voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Preceded by
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Washington Senate District 37
1996-present
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