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Dave Upthegrove
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Washington House Of Representatives District 33b
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Date of birth05/03/1971
Place of birthBurien, WA
Office website
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Dave Upthegrove (b. May 3, 1971) is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 33 since 2003. Previously, Upthegrove has worked on the Legislative Staff of the Washington State House of Representatives.

He has also worked as a Community Relations Director for King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson.

Upthegrove earned his BA in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Upthegrove won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 33b. Upthegrove ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Martin Metz (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 33b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Upthegrove Incumbent 69.6% 31,700
     Republican Martin Metz 30.4% 13,818
Total Votes 45,518


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dave Upthegrove was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 33b. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and in the November 2, 2010 general election.[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 33b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Upthegrove (D) 12,651 100%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Dave Upthegrove won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 33 receiving 70.17% of the vote (28,366 votes), defeating Republican Tan Lam who received 29.83% of the vote (12,057 votes).[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 33(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Upthegrove (D) 28,366 70.17%
Tan Lam (R) 12,057 29.83%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Upthegrove was up for re-election, he collected $56,032 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dave Upthegrove's campaign in 2010
Washington Health Care Association$1,600
Washington State Dental Association$1,600
Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council$1,600
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association$1,600
Waste Management$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $56,032


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Dave Upthegrove's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters $1,800
Seatac Professional Fire Fighters Local 2919 $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association $1,600
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,600


Freedom Institute

See also: Freedom Institute's Big Spender List

The Freedom Institute releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. [7]


Upthegrove proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $2.41 billion, the 31st highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Institute’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]

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