Dawn Morrell

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Dawn Morrell
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Washington House of Representatives, District 25
In office
2003 - 2011, January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position (current service)2
Years in position (previous service)8
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sSolano Community College, 1982
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, Tacoma, 1995
Office website
Dawn Morrell is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 25. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002. She served in the chamber from 2003 to 2011, and again since January 14, 2013. During her first stint, she served as Majority Caucus Leader.


Morrell acquired her BS in Nursing from the University of Washington, Tacoma. She received Certification in Critical Care Nursing and as a Childbirth Educator. She earned her AA in General Science from Solano Community College, and her AS in Nursing from Solano Community College.

Morrell is currently a Childbirth Educator. She has worked for Good Samaritan Hospital as a Critical Care Nurse since 1984. Morrell also worked as State Coordinator for Hawaii and Washington for the International Childbirth Education Association.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care and Wellness
Technology and Economic Development


Campaign themes


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

  • Prioritizing Education
Excerpt: "I am passionate about making state budgets live up to our paramount duty to provide a good education for children. It is the key to our success as a state – and as a country. We need to continue our tradition of leading the world through innovation and need to provide great trade and technical schools so that students are prepared to enter our workforce."
  • Working for Affordable Health Coverage
Excerpt: "Locally, people are losing their homes, their futures and even their lives to diseases that strike them or their loved ones. No one deserves to carry the fear of, “What this may cost?” into their battle with a life-threatening illness. I come home motivated to make a change and right these injustices. In Olympia I was able to pass some bi-partisan proposals to help lower costs long-term."
  • Providing for Veterans and Military Families
Excerpt: "The men and women of our armed forces and their families make incredible sacrifices every day. My husband Jim retired from the Air Force many years ago and we were fortunate to receive the support of our government so that we could successfully start our family. "
  • Budget Reform & Tax Relief
Excerpt: "Consecutive years of state budget shortfalls have highlighted the need to make some fundamental reforms to our budgeting process. It is clear that we cannot continue to place a financial burden low and middle class families and that we need to take a tough look at every department to make sure they are accountable and efficient with taxpayer dollars."
  • Helping Seniors
Excerpt: "Helping out those who helped build our great community has always been a priority and I have fought to provide options for our seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy their retirement years. I have worked to provide property tax relief and long-term care options that help to keep all of our health care costs low."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Morrell won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 25a. Morrell advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Shelly Schlumpf (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 25a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Morrell 52.7% 30,049
     Republican Shelly Schlumpf 47.3% 27,008
Total Votes 57,057
Washington State House of Representatives, District 25a Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Morrell 46.5% 11,704
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Schlumpf 31.6% 7,940
     Republican Michele Smith 10.3% 2,588
     Republican Zac Nix 5.1% 1,272
     Democratic Eric Hingsberger 4.3% 1,073
     Republican Carole Sue Braaten 2.3% 568
Total Votes 25,145


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dawn Morrell ran for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives District 25b. She defeated Ron Morehouse, Steven Vermillion, Larry Johnson and Bryan Shaner in the August 17, 2010 primary. She was defeated by Republican Hans Zeiger in the November 2, 2010 general election.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 25b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawn Morrell (D) 10,287 40.29%
Green check mark transparent.png Hans Zeiger (R) 9,164 35.89%
Steven Vermillion (R) 4,044 15.84%
Ron Morehouse (D) 1,247 4.88%
Larry Johnson (I) 548 2.15%
Bryan Shaner (I) 243 .95%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Dawn Morrell won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 25 receiving 58.30% of the vote (33,451 votes), defeating Republican Ron Morehouse who received 41.70% of the vote (23,931 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 25(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawn Morrell (D) 33,451 58.30%
Ron Morehouse (R) 23,931 41.70%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Dawn Morrell's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Democratic Campaign Committee of Washington $9,814
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $2,400
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Optometric Physicians of Washington $1,600
Washington State Hospital Association $1,600


Morrell and her husband, Jim, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Dammeier (R)
Washington House of Representatives District 25
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 25
Succeeded by
Hans Zeiger (R)