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Ed Orcutt
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Washington House Of Representatives District 20b
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sUniversity of Maine
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho
Date of birth05/04/1963
Place of birthNew Vineyard, ME
ProfessionForestry management
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Ed Orcutt (b. May 4, 1963) is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He represented District 18 from 2003 to 2013, and District 20 since January 2013.


Orcutt earned his AS in Forestry from the University of Maine. He went on to receive his BS in Forestry Management from the University of Idaho.

Orcutt is a Forestry Consultant for Niemi Forestry. Orcutt was a Resource Aide/Fire Fighter/Timber Manager for the Idaho Department of Lands from 1985 to 1989. He then worked for Northwest Management in Timber Inventory from 1989 to 1990. He has been a Forestry Consultant for Niemi Forestry since 1990.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Transportation, Vice-chair


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


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


Bike tax

Orcutt supported a proposed tax of up to $25 on the sale of any bike worth $500 or more, part of a larger transportation funding bill (HB 1954) introduced on February 21, 2013, by Representative Judy Clibborn (D).[2] The proposed tax would raise $1 million over 10 years.[3] In a February 25 email response to a constituent opposed to the bike tax, he said, "Cyclists have an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride." He also mentioned that it was unfair for bikers to use roads without paying for their maintenance cost via gasoline taxes.[4] In a follow-up conversation, he confirmed his view that, although he did not know how the CO2 emissions generated by humans while biking compared to those given off by car engines, "You can’t just say that there’s no pollution as a result of riding a bicycle."[5] On March 4, Orcutt apologized for his comments and said he would search for alternatives to the bike tax.[3]



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Orcutt won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 20b. Orcutt was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated John Morgan (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 20b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Orcutt Incumbent 68.7% 34,548
     Republican John Morgan 31.3% 15,755
Total Votes 50,303


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ed Orcutt was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 18b. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010 general election.[8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 18b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Orcutt (R) 26,161 100%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Ed Orcutt won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 14 receiving 64.24% of the vote (45,268 votes), defeating Democrat Jonathan Fant who received 35.76% of the vote (25,196 votes).[9]

Washington House of Representatives, District 12(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Orcutt (R) 45,268 64.24%
Jonathan Fant (D) 25,196 35.76%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[10]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Orcutt was up for re-election, he collected $91,116 in donations.[11]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Orcutt's campaign in 2010
Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association$1,800
Washington Restaurant Association$1,600
Washington Bankers Association$1,600
Washington State Dental Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $91,116


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Ed Orcutt's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Physical Therapy Association of Washington $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Building Industry Association of Washington $1,600
Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $1,600


Freedom Foundation

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. [12]


Orcutt proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $22.7 million, the 75th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[13]


Orcutt has a wife, Marcie.

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Preceded by
Gary Alexander (R)
Washington House of Representatives District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 18
Succeeded by
Liz Pike (R)