Drew Hansen

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Drew Hansen
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Washington House Of Representatives District 23b
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedSeptember 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard College
Master'sUniversity of Washington
J.D.Yale Law School
Office website
Campaign website
Drew Hansen is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 23b. He was first appointed to the chamber in September 2011. Beginning in the 2013 session, Hansen serves as Assistant Majority Whip.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Judiciary, Vice-chair


Campaign themes


Hansen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen has two young children, one in preschool and one entering first grade in public school, so he knows the importance of great schools. Before entering the Legislature, Representative Hansen volunteered on the steering committee of nearly every school levy campaign in his district so we could keep funding our public schools."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen has worked to protect our quality of life by fighting for clean air and water, while making government more user-friendly (by supporting legislation that allows the Discover Pass to be transferred between two vehicles) and giving businesses more certainty on the effects of environmental regulations."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen supports health care as part of the social safety net to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens do not go bankrupt because they lack health insurance."
  • Higher Education
Excerpt: "Before he entered the Legislature, Representative Drew Hansen served for six years on the board of the Olympic College Foundation, helping students from Kitsap County train for new careers."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Representative Drew Hansen has a long record of support for job creation and job training. Before he entered the House of Representatives, he served for six years as Governor Gregoire’s public representative on the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), Washington’s principal economic development board, which invested over $30 million to create and retain jobs in Washington during Representative Hansen’s service."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hansen won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 23b. Hansen advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated James Olsen (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 23b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Hansen Incumbent 60.2% 39,949
     Republican James Olsen 39.8% 26,416
Total Votes 66,365
Washington State House of Representatives, District 23b Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Hansen Incumbent 52.7% 17,377
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames M. Olsen 40.4% 13,334
     Democratic Henning B. Larsen 6.9% 2,278
Total Votes 32,989

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[4]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


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 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. [5]


Hansen proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.22 billion, the 23rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[6]


Hansen and his wife, Julie, have two children.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Christine Rolfes (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 23
Succeeded by