John Braun

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John Braun
Washington State Senate, District 20
In office
January 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
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
Bachelor'sElectrical Engineering, University of Washington
Master'sBusiness Administration and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Michigan
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy Reserve
ProfessionPresident of Braun Northwest, emergency vehicle manufacturing company
Office website
Campaign website
John Braun is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Beginning in 2013, Braun served as Assistant Majority Whip.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce & Labor, Vice-chair
Governmental Operations
Trade & Economic Development, Chair
Ways & Means


Campaign themes


Braun's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

  • A Focus on Job Creation
Excerpt: "John will be an outspoken voice for lowering costs of doing business. John knows this will free up small businesses to do what they do best—develop products & services and hire more people. To that end, it’s time we had some serious tort reform as well as stability and efficiency in the regulatory environment."
  • Spending & Taxes
Excerpt: We must address escalating state wage, benefit, and retirement costs and reverse the growth of government. In times of plenty as well as times of need, we must focus on the priorities of government and basic services. We need Olympia to focus on our district’s needs—including a properly funded educational system and a transportation system that keeps our community moving with maintained bridges and roads. All this and more can and should be done with existing revenue—not new and higher taxes.
  • Educating for our Future
Excerpt: "Adequately funding education is important—but we must be smart with the money as well. That is why John is calling for policies that encourage effectiveness and accountability through transparency. When the public, parents, and elected officials know where tax dollars are going, we are all better able to address problems such as rising administrative costs and failing students."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Braun won election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 20. Braun advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated incumbent Dan Swecker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Washington State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Braun 55.4% 29,943
     Republican Dan Swecker Incumbent 44.6% 24,075
Total Votes 54,018
Washington State Senate, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Swecker 47% 10,861
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Braun 40.3% 9,327
     Republican Rae Lowery 12.7% 2,936
Total Votes 23,124

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Braun lives with his wife, Marlo, and four children on a farm in Lewis County.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Swecker (R)
Washington State Senate District 20
Succeeded by