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Brad Klippert
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Washington House Of Representatives 8a
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 6
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'sNorthwest University, 1993
Master'sCity University, 1997
Military service
Service/branchLieutenant Colonel, United States Army National Guard
Years of service24
Date of birth06/27/1957
Place of birthSunnyside, WA
ReligionEvangelical Christian/Pentecostal Protestant
Office website
Campaign website
Brad Klippert (b. June 27, 1957) is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Minority Whip.


Klippert received his M.A. in Education from City University in 1997. He also attended the Captain's Career Course in the United States Army Reserves. In 1982 he received Emergency Medicine Technician Training from Columbia Basin College. He then became a Certified Paramedic from Central Washington University in 1983. Klippert attended Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri and went on to earn his B.A. in Behavioral Science/Biblical Studies from Northwest College in 1993.

Klippert is currently a School Resource Officer for the Klona-Benton City School District and a Patrol Officer for the Benton County Sheriff's Department. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Basin College and a Licensed Minister. His previous experience includes being a former Patrol Deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Correctional Officer for Pierce County, and Paramedic Firefighter for the Emergency Medical Team.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety


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


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


Campaign themes


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

Jobs, State Budget, and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"What we need is greater fiscal responsibility in Olympia, and we will only get that with a fiscally conservative House of Representatives. Electing fiscally conservative candidates like myself across this great state will help to ensure we can get the job done, reign in excessive spending, and get back to a limited, constitutional government."

Limited Government and the 10th Amendment

  • Excerpt:"As your representative, I cosponsored legislation to claim state sovereignty rights under the 10th amendment here in WA State as well as the Right to Constitutional Government Act of 2010 and I will continue to work for you and our rights as your representative in Olympia."


  • Excerpt:"When elected to another term as your representative, I will work to ensure that we have the environment that will best allow us to grow and prosper and make sure the next generation has the best opportunities for success in the globally competitive world we live in."


  • Excerpt:"What we need is a sound energy policy for our state, and I will work to ensure that these policies are both transparent and to the point. I will vote to reject any cap and trade program in WA State."

Community Safety

  • Excerpt:"I will do my best in Olympia to represent the people of the 8th Legislative District and to work hard to keep our communities safe."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Klippert won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 8a. Klippert was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Jay Clough (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 8a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Klippert Incumbent 62.1% 37,123
     Democratic Jay Clough 37.9% 22,695
Total Votes 59,818


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Brad Klippert was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 8. He ran unopposed in the August 17,2010 primary and defeated Democrat Carol Moser in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 8a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brad Klippert (R) 32,555
Carol Moser (D) 20,532
Washington House of Representatives, District 8a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brad Klippert (R) 20,223 64.75%
Green check mark transparent.png Carol Moser (D) 11,009 35.25%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Brad Klippert won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 8 receiving 52.51% of the vote (31,266 votes), defeating Democrat Carol L. Moser who received 47.49% of the vote (28,278 votes).[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 8(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brad Klippert (R) 31,266 52.51%
Carol L. Moser (D) 28,278 47.49%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6] Comprehensive donor information for Klippert is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Klippert raised a total of $148,482 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Brad Klippert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 8 Won $32,407
2010 Washington State House, District 8 Won $39,149
2008 Washington State House, District 8 Won $76,926
Grand Total Raised $148,482


Klippert won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Klippert raised a total of $32,407.


In 2010, a year in which Klippert was up for re-election, he collected $39,149 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the four largest contributors to Brad Klippert's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Organizational CMTE of Washington $47,400
Benton County Republican Central CMTE $7,000
Bradley Klippert $2,000
Benton County Deputy Association $1,500


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]


Klippert proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $21.9 million, the 76th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives 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 Klippert voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Brad Klippert
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
Y N - Y


Klippert and his wife, Kim, have three children.

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