Frank Chopp

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Frank Chopp
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Washington House Of Representatives 43b
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2013
Years in position 20
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1975
Date of birth05/13/1953
Place of birthBremerton, WA
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Frank Chopp (b. May 13, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives. He has represented District 43 since 1995. He currently serves as Speaker of the House.

Frank Chopp favored an unsuccessful proposal to put a sales tax increase on the November 2009 ballot. According to a statement from Chopp, "To meet the challenges of the most difficult national recession in decades, we have worked hard to cut spending, make government more efficient and keep the priorities of our people foremost in mind. I strongly support this referendum to meet the needs of our people for critical care in hospitals, nursing homes and basic health. “At the same time, we must bring a greater sense of fairness to our revenue system. That is why the Working Families Tax Credit is so important – to give a break to those who need it the most. As we move forward to a stronger economy, we must not leave anyone behind and must appeal to the goodness of our citizens to care for all." The measure favored by Chopp would have raised the state portion of the sales tax by three-tenths of a percent starting January 1, 2010, lasting for three years.[1]

Chopp has been President of the Fremont Public Association since 2000, and has worked for Solid Ground (formerly Freemont Public Association) as Senior Advisor since 2006. Chopp was Executive Director of the Fremont Public Association from 1983 to 2000. He was Director of the Cascade Community Center from 1975 to 1976, and then worked for the Pike Market Senior Center as Administrative Director from 1980 to 1981. From 1976 to 1979 and from 1981 to 1983, he was manager of the North Community Service Center for the Seattle Department of Human Resources. He then worked as Part-Time Lecturer at the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs from 1992 to 1995.

Chopp earned his BA from the University of Washington in 1975.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Chopp has been appointed to the following committees:


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Chopp is running in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 43b. Chopp ran against Gregory Gadow and Kshama Sawant in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012. Chopp and Sawant advanced to the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Frank Chopp was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 43b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election he defeated Republican Kim Verde.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 43b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Chopp (D) 44,580
Kim Verde (R) 7,174
Washington House of Representatives, District 43b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Chopp (D) 22,600 85.29%
Green check mark transparent.png Kim Verde (R) 3,899 14.71%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Frank Chopp won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 43 receiving 86.85% of the vote (55,163 votes), defeating Republican Kim Verde who received 13.15% of the vote (8,353 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 43(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Chopp (D) 55,163 86.85%
Kim Verde (R) 8,353 13.15%

Campaign donors

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


In 2010, a year in which Chopp was up for re-election, he collected $189,127 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Frank Chopp's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington State Council Of County & City Employees $1,600
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Of Washington $1,600
Physical Therapy Association Of Washington $1,600
Service Employees Health Care 775Nw $1,600
Nisqually Indian Tribe $1,600


Chopp and his wife, Nancy, have two children.

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