Ann Rivers

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Ann Rivers
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Washington State Senate District 18
In office
June 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 3
Majority Whip, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedJune 25, 2012
Appointed byClark and Cowlitz county commissioners
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House Of Representatives 18a
2011 – June 2012
Bachelor'sCentral Michigan University
Office website
Campaign website
Ann Rivers is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 18 since 2012. She was appointed on June 25, 2012 to fill the seat vacated by Joseph Zarelli.[1] Beginning in 2013, Rivers serves as Majority Whip.

Rivers previously served in the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 18a. She was first elected in 2010, and served as State House Assistant Minority Whip.


Rivers holds a BA in political science and a secondary education teaching certificate from Central Michigan University. She is the president of a governmental and public affairs consulting firm.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning & K-12 Education
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
Governmental Operations
Ways & Means


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


Campaign themes


Rivers's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"Provide business with undeniable reasons to want to come here to set up shop or expand current operations. That way, we can put people back to work and get our economy moving again."

Reality Budgeting (Living Within Our Means)

  • Excerpt:"First, prioritize the needs. Second, require that each Agency should be required to justify their budgetary requests every year instead of engaging in the increasingly out-of-touch practice of cost plus without proving the need."

Transportation that Works for Us

  • Excerpt:"I believe in the concept that every dime of taxpayer money (meaning every dollar of revenue from whatever the source) should be squeezed until it screams. I will not support an increase in the gas tax. I will not support increases in tab fees. The people have spoken and I have listened."

Public Safety and Education

  • Excerpt:"Public Safety and Education are government’s most important functions. As a state we should provide our public safety personnel with the best equipment and training to make them more effective."

Smaller, More Efficient and More Effective Government

  • Excerpt:"The bigger the government, the greater the intrusion, regulation and cost. To guard against that, especially during difficult economic times government must be cut to the bone and then we need to look for scraps. People are hurting, and government must share the pain."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ann Rivers endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Rivers won election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 18. Rivers was unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Ralph Schmidt (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Rivers Incumbent 67.9% 42,924
     Democratic Ralph Schmidt 32.1% 20,330
Total Votes 63,254


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ann Rivers was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 18. She defeated Jon Russell, Brandon Vick, John T. Haugen, Richard Carson and Anthony Bittner in the August 17, 2010 primary. She defeated Democrat Dennis Kampe in the November 2, 2010 general election.[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 18a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ann Rivers (R) 37.317
Dennis Kampe (D) 24,717
Washington House of Representatives, District 18a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Kampe (D) 10,991 31.92%
Green check mark transparent.png Ann Rivers (R) 9,359 27.18%
Jon Russell (R) 7,718 22.41%
Jon T. Haugen 2,333 6.78%
Brandon Vick (R) 2,033 5.90%
Richard Carson (I) 1,424 4.14%
Anthony Bittner (R) 575 1.67%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, when Rivers first won election to the House, she collected $105,186 in donations.[7]

The following contributors each donated $1,600 to her 2010 campaign:

  • William E Bowing, Jr.
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Washington Beverage Association
  • Washington Bankers Association
  • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
  • Regence Blue Shield
  • Aho Construction Inc.
  • Washington Health Care Association
  • Philip Morris
  • Julie Anderson


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. [8]


Rivers proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $72.7 million, the 60th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]


Rivers lives in La Center with her husband, Fred. They have two sons.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Zarelli
Washington State Senate District 18
June 2012–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jaime Herrera
Washington House of Representatives District 18a
2011–June 2012
Succeeded by
Brandon Vick (R)