Jeannie Darneille

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Jeannie Darneille
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Washington State Senate District 27
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 14
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives, District 27b
2001 - 2013
Bachelor'sWestern Washington University, 1971
Master'sColorado State University, 1975
Date of birth07/09/1949
Place of birthFairbanks, AK
ProfessionHigher Education Administration
Office website
Campaign website
Jeannie Darneille (b. July 9, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 27. She was first elected in the chamber in 2012.

She is a former member of the Washington State House of Representatives. She represented District 27 from 2001 to 2013.


Darneille attended Tacoma Community College and received her BA in Art History from Western Washington University. Darneille holds a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University.

Darneille is a former Interim Executive Director for the Hospitality House Shelter for Women and Interim Executive Director for United Cerebral Palsy of South Puget Sound. She was previously Executive Director of the Pierce County Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Foundation, Program Officer for the State of Washington Early Childhood Education,and Executive Director of the Emergency Food Network of the Young Women's Christian Association. She has been Director of the Women's Resource Center for the YWCA, and Continuing Education Program Coordinator for Tacoma Community College Early Childhood Education Program.

Darneille is former Vice Chair of the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee and Precinct Committee Officer for the Democratic Party. She also served as a Legislative Aide for Washington State Senator Lorraine Wojahn.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services & Corrections
Law & Justice


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


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


Campaign themes


Darneille's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Prioritizing Education

  • Excerpt:"We simply live in a different world, one that places great emphasis on achievement and competition. Our kids are not only compared with kids from their school district or region or state, they are competing in a global economy for high-skilled jobs that demand high levels of math and science training."

Protecting The Environment

  • Excerpt:"Protecting our environment is a matter of good stewardship now, and good planning for the future. Washington benefits from the many industries that are supported by our geography and natural resources."

Promoting Marriage Equality

  • Excerpt:"I have long been a champion for giving all people the right to marry. Loving, committed couples deserve the right to make their commitment legal and I will do everything I can to secure that right in Washington State."

Supporting A Woman’s Reproductive Rights

  • Excerpt:"I have been and always will be 100% Pro-Choice."

Protecting Our Social Safety Net

  • Excerpt:" I have been a constant voice for limiting the cuts to our social safety net. I have been given one of the toughest responsibilities in the State House as the Vice-Chair of House Ways and Means Committee and I have worked tirelessly to ensure the final budget reflects these values."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Darneille won election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 27. Darneille was unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated John R. Connelly (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeannie Darneille 57.3% 30,939
     Democratic John Connelly 42.7% 23,068
Total Votes 54,007


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Jeannie Darneille was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 27. She defeated Jon Cronk in the August 17, 2010 primary. She defeated Republican Jon Higley in the November 2, 2010 general election.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 27b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeannie Darneille (D) 24,296
Jon Higley (R) 14,363
Washington House of Representatives, District 27b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeannie Darneille (D) 11,415 54.41%
Green check mark transparent.png Jon M. Higley (R) 7,643 36.43%
Jon Cronk (D) 1,921 9.16%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Jeannie Darneille won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 27 receiving 74.14% of the vote (34,533 votes), defeating Republican William Edward Chovil who received 25.86% of the vote (12,047 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 27(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeannie Darneille (D) 34,533 74.14%
William Edward Chovil (R) 12,047 25.86%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Darneille was up for re-election, she collected $22,716 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Jeannie Darneille's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Community Health Network of Washington $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Washington State Hospital Association $1,600
Washington Health Care Association $1,600
Washington Dental Services $1,000


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. [8]


Darneille proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $8.7 billion, the 4th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]


Darneille and her husband, Howard Graham, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Debbie Regala (D)
Washington State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 27b
Succeeded by
Jake Fey (D)