Bruce Chandler

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Bruce Chandler
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Washington House Of Representatives District 15a
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bruce Chandler is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He served as the State House Minority Leader.

Biography

Chandler is owner and operator of a commercial fruit orchard near Granger. In 2009, Chandler received the Guardian of Small Business Award, from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” from the Washington Farm Bureau and the Legislator of the Year Award from the Potato Commission. In 2008, Chandler was recognized by the Coalition for Open Government with the Key Award. He also received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, of which he is a member. He is active in two boards focused on Washington’s economic growth in the Northwest and abroad.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Appropriations
Business and Financial Services

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Chandler won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 15a. Chandler ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bruce Chandler was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 15. He was unopposed in the primary election. He defeated Democrat Paul Spencer in the November 2, 2010 general election.[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 15a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Chandler (R) 20,712
Paul Spencer (D) 11,585
Washington House of Representatives, District 15a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Chandler (R) 12,999 68.48%
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Spencer (D) 5,983 31.52%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Bruce Chandler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 15 receiving 60.99% of the vote (23,807 votes), defeating Democrat John Gotts who received 39.01% of the vote (15,228 votes).[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 15(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Chandler (R) 23,807 60.99%
John Gotts (D) 15,228 39.01%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5] Comprehensive donor information for Chandler is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Chandler raised a total of $529,786 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[6]

Bruce Chandler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 15 Won $71,025
2010 Washington State House, District 15 Won $78,250
2008 Washington State House, District 15 Won $84,972
2006 Washington State House, District 15 Won $68,073
2004 Washington State House, District 15 Won $83,735
2002 Washington State House, District 15 Won $48,580
2000 Washington State House, District 15 Won $43,363
1998 Washington State House, District 15 Won $51,788
Grand Total Raised $529,786

2012

Chandler won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Chandler raised a total of $71,025.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Chandler's campaign in 2012
Credit Union Legislative Action Fund$1,800
Building Industry Association Of Washington$1,800
Washington Restaurant Association$1,800
Washington Bankers Association$1,800
Washington State Auto Dealers Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$71,025
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Chandler was up for re-election, he collected $78,250 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Chandler's campaign in 2010
Delta Dental$1,600
Washington Credit Union League$1,600
Premera Blue Cross$1,600
Washington State Hospital Association$1,600
Wal-Mart$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $78,250

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Bruce Chandler's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association $1,600
Washington Health Care Association $1,600
Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $1,600
Weyerhaeuser Co $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,500

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.[8]

2012

Chandler proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $56.2 million, the 65th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]

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.[10] 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 Chandler voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Bruce Chandler
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 N Y

Personal

Bruce and his wife Julie have three grown children.

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