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Jim Kastama
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Washington State Senate District 25
Former member
In office
2001 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Date of birthOctober 5, 1959
Place of birthBellingham, WA
ProfessionPart Time Faculty, South Puget Sound Community College
Personal website
Campaign website
Jim Kastama (b. October 5, 1959) is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 25 from 2001 to 2013. He previously served as Assistant Democratic Whip. Previously, Kastama served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1996 to 2000. From 1999 to 2000 he was House Assistant Democratic Leader in the House. [1] He ran for Washington Secretary of State in 2012.

Kastama attended Claremont Men's College. He went on to earn his BA from the University of California - Berkeley.

Kastama is a member of the part-time faculty at South Puget Sound Community College.[2]

Committee assignments


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

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See also: Washington secretary of state election, 2012

Senator Kastama ran for Secretary of State in 2012. He faced 6 opponents, representing all parties, in Washington's blanket primary election on August 7, 2012. He was defeated in the primary by Kim Wyman ((R) and Kathleen Drew (D).[3]

Washington Secretary of State, Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Wyman 39.8% 528,754
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Drew 21.7% 289,052
     Democratic Greg Nickels 15.9% 210,832
     Democratic Jim Kastama 13.9% 185,425
     Constitution Party Karen Murray 3.8% 50,888
     No Party Preference David Anderson 3.3% 44,276
     Human Rights Party Sam Wright 1.6% 20,809
Total Votes 1,330,036
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link)'

Kastama told voters about his plans to apply "the same practicality, ingenuity, and boldness that has defined my sixteen years in the State Legislature," to the job of secretary of state.[4] He cites raising voter confidence and youth registration as priorities for the office, as well as modernizing the office through new technologies.[4]


Kastama's 2012 bid for secretary of state was endorsed by several individuals, elected officials, and organizations, including The Seattle Times. The times published its statement of support on July 20, saying that "[Kastama] has a legislative record of seeking improvements that serve citizens, rather than special interests, and courageously bucks the party line when necessary."Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Full List of Endorsements

  • The Seattle Times
  • Tacoma News-Tribune
  • Spokesman-Review


Independent Business Association of Washington

SEIU Local 1948 Public School Employees of Washington

Unanimously Endorsed by hometown 25th (Puyallup) Legislative District Democratic Club

Current Elected Officials

Brad Owen, Lieutenant Governor

Brian Hatfield, State Senator 19th District Raymond

Derek Kilmer, State Senator 26th District Gig Harbor

Ed Murray, State Senator 43rd District Seattle

Mary Margaret Haugen, State Senator 10th District Camano Island

Paull Shin, State Senator 21st District Edmunds

Rodney Tom, State Senator 48th District Bellevue

Steve Hobbs, State Senator 44th District Lake Stevens

Tim Sheldon, State Senator 35th District Potlatch

Rosemary McAuliffe, State Senator 1st District Bothell

Deb Eddy, State Representative 48th DIstrict Kirkland

Mark Miloscia, State Representative 30th District Federal Way

Christopher Hurst, Representative 31st District Enumclaw

Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma City Mayor

Julia Patterson, King County Councilmember

Paul Pastor, Pierce County Sheriff

Timothy Farrell, Pierce County Council

Marty Campbell, Tacoma City Council

Rob Cerqui, Fife City Council

Former Elected Officials

Larry Vognild, Senate Majority Leader 38th District Everett

Marc Gaspard, Senate Majority Leader 25th District Puyallup

Sid Snyder, Senate Majority Leader 19th District Raymond

Don Carlson, State Senator 49th Distrcit Vancouver

Jean Berkey, State Senator 38th District Everett

Ken Jacobson, State Senator 46th District Seattle

Marilyn Rasmussen, State Senator 2nd District, South Pierce & Eastern Thurston Counties

Phil Rockefeller, State Senator 23rd District Bainbridge Island

Rosa Franklin, State Senator 29th District South Tacoma

Alex Wood, State Representative 3rd District Spokane

Jeff Gombosky, State Representative 3rd District Spokane

Eric Oemig, State Senator 45th District Redmond

Individual Endorsements

Benjamin Lee, President of the Hong Kong Association of Washington

The Brouillet Family (Marc, Tamara, Jordan and Brooke), Puyallup

Bill Nerin, Washington Clean Elections

Bill Stafford, Past President of The Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

Cindi Laws, Executive Director of Washington State Residential Care Council of Adult Family Homes

Dan Comsia, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Dawn Lucien, Tacoma Community Leader

Eric Holdeman, Director of Security Port of Tacoma, Leader in emergency management and homeland security

Jack Breese, Former Director of Microsoft Research

Linden Rhodes, Vice Provost - Technology Transfer, University of Washington

Lyle Quasim, President of Bates Technical College and former Director of DSHS

Rogelio Riojas, President & CEO SEA MAR Community Health Centers, Clinica de la Comunidad

Rose Ehart, Chairwoman Pierce County Democratic Party

Sam Smith, Past President of Washington State University

Timothy D. Ford, Assistant Attorney General for Government Accountability and Open Government Ombudsman

David Zepponi, President of NW Food Processors Association


On November 4, 2008, Kastama was re-elected for the 25th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 32,988 votes.

Kastama raised $150,420 for his campaign.[5]

Washington State Senate, District 25 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Kastama (D) 32,988
Michele Smith (R) 25,338

Campaign donors


In 2008, Kastama collected $150,420 in donations.

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

Donor Amount
Washington State Democratic Party $34,000
Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE of Washington $5,030
Roosevelt Fund $1,700
Washington State Hospital Association $1,600


Kastama and his wife Barbara 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. [7]


Kastama proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $4.3 million, the 38th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]

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Preceded by
Washington State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Bruce Dammeier (R)