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Washington House Of Representatives District 40b
Incumbent
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Washington University, 1987
Personal
Birthday1964
Place of birthAnacortes, WA
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jeff Morris (b. 1964) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He previously served as House Democratic Floor Leader and Speaker Pro Tempore.

Biography

Morris earned his B.A. in Political Science from Central Washington University in 1987.

Morris is currently the owner of a public relations firm. Morris was Political Director for United States Representative Al Swift from 1987 to 1993. He is also a past director of Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative. He has worked for APCO Associates in the past as well.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment
Technology and Economic Development, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Morris won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 40b. Morris was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Howard A. Pellett (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 40b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Morris Incumbent 75.4% 43,868
     Green Howard Pellett 24.6% 14,333
Total Votes 58,201

2010

See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Morris was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 40b. He defeated Howard Pellett in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Republican John Swapp in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 40b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 33,064
John Swapp (R) 25,079
Washington House of Representatives, District 40b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 18,348 51.56%
Green check mark transparent.png John Swapp (R) 14,575 40.95%
Howard Pellett (G) 2,666 7.49%

2008

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Jeff Morris won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 40 receiving 76.35% of the vote (44,168 votes), defeating Green Party candidate Howard Pellett who received 23.65% of the vote (13,683 votes).[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 40(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Morris (D) 44,168 76.35%
Howard Pellett (G) 13,683 23.65%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6]

Comprehensive donor information for Morris is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Morris raised a total of $779,332 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Jeff Morris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 40 Won $66,845
2010 Washington State House, District 40 Won $135,691
2008 Washington State House, District 40 Won $101,984
2006 Washington State House, District 40 Won $73,369
2004 Washington State House, District 40 Won $56,511
2002 Washington State House, District 40 Won $113,410
2000 Washington State House, District 40 Won $76,140
1998 Washington State House, District 40 Won $83,074
1996 Washington State House, District 40 Won $72,308
Grand Total Raised $779,332

2012

Morris won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Morris raised a total of $66,845.

2010

In 2010, a year in which Morris was up for re-election, he collected $135,691 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Jeff Morris's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority $1,600
Camp For Tribal Self-Reliance/Washington Indian Gaming Association $1,600
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association $1,600
Puget Sound Energy $1,600
Avista Corp $1,600

Scorecards

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. [9]

2012

Morris proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $69.8 million, the 63rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues.[11] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Morris voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Jeff Morris
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
Y N Y N

Personal

Morris and his wife, Susan, have three children.

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Washington House of Representatives District 40
1997–present
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