Jeanne Kohl-Welles

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Jeanne Kohl-Welles
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Washington State Senate District 36
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 20
Majority Whip, Washington State House of Representatives
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Northridge, 1965
Master'sCalifornia State University, Northridge, 1970
Ph.D.University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
Date of birthOctober 19, 1942
Place of birthMadison, WI
ProfessionLecturer/Researcher/Author/Consultant, University of Washington
Office website
Jeanne Kohl-Welles (b. October 19, 1942) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Previously, Kohl-Welles served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1992 to 1994. From 1993 to 1994 she was the Majority Whip.[1]


Kohl-Welles earned her BA in Education from the California State University, Northridge in 1965. She went on to earn her MA in 1970. She later received her MA in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1973. The next year she earned her PhD in Sociology of Education. In 2001, Kohl-Welles was in the Fannie Mae Foundation Fellowship, Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Kohl-Welles is a lecturer, researcher, author, and consultant for the University of Washington. Previously, she was Assistant Dean of Students/Coordinator of Women's Programs for the University of California, Irvine. She has also worked as program manager for Project Equity for the Desegregation Assistance Center Region IX, United States Department of Education. Kohl-Welles has been a teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District, and then became an assistant professor for Pacific Lutheran University, followed by a position as lecturer for the California State University/Chapman College/Los Angeles Community College District/University of California, Irvine. [2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kohl-Welles served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Law & Justice
Ways & Means


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Jeanne Kohl-Welles re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 36. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010. She defeated Republican Leslie Klein in the November 2, 2010 General Election.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 51,656 83.93%
Leslie Klein (R) 9,889 16.07%
Washington State Senate, District 36 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 26,906 83.67%
Green check mark transparent.png Leslie Klein (R) 5,253 16.33%


In November 2006, Kohl-Welles ran unopposed and was re-elected for the 36th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 41,792 votes.

Kohl-Welles raised $141,399 for her campaign.[5]

Washington State Senate, District 36 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) 41,792

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kohl-Welles received $101,478 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[6]


In 2006, Kohl-Welles collected $141,399 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign. [7]

Donor Amount
Hales Ales Brewery $3,443
Washington Independence Day Association $1,525
The Roosevelt Fund $1,400
Washington State Auto Dealers Association $1,400


Kohl-Welles and her husband Alex have five children.


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. [8]


Kohl-Wells proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $24.27 billion, the 4th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]

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