James Hargrove

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James Hargrove
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Washington State Senate District 24
In office
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 22
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sOregon State University, 1976
Date of birthOctober 5, 1953
Place of birthPortland, OR
ProfessionProfessional Forester
Office website
James Hargrove (b. October 5, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Previously, Hargrove served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1985 to 1992.[1]


Hargrove earned his BS in Forest Management from Oregon State University in 1976. Hargrove has been a professional forester since 1977. He is also a business owner.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services & Corrections
Natural Resources & Parks
Ways & Means


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Hargrove won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 24. Hargrove was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Larry Carter (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hargrove Incumbent 65.4% 44,417
     Independent Larry Carter 34.6% 23,455
Total Votes 67,872


On November 4, 2008, Hargrove ran unopposed and was re-elected for the 24th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 52,742 votes.

Hargrove raised $70,244 for his campaign.[5]

Washington State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Hargrove (D) 52,742

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Hargrove collected $70,244 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [6]

Donor Amount
Cash received $5,019
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600


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 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. [7]


Hargrove proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $287.2 million, the 18th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]


Hargrove is married to Laurie Hargrove. They have three grown children.

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