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Karen Fraser

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Karen Fraser
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Washington State Senate District 22
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 21
Minority Caucus Chair, Washington State Senate
Majority Caucus Chair, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Commissioner, Thurston County
Mayor, City of Lacey
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1966
Master'sUniversity of Washington, 1969
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1944
Place of birthSeattle, WA
Office website
Karen Fraser is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate who currently serves as State Senate Minority Caucus Leader, representing District 22 since 1993.

She previously served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1989 to 1992, on the Lacey City Council from 1973 to 1980, mayor of the City of Lacey from 1976 to 1980, and commissioner for Thurston County from 1981-1988.[1]


Fraser earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1966. She went on to receive her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington in 1969.

Fraser has worked as a professor of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College since 1999.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Governmental Operations
Ways & Means
Joint Administrative Rules Review, Chair


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Fraser ran in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 22. Fraser ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012. She won in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Fraser was re-elected for the 22nd District of the Washington State Senate receiving 45,062 votes.

Fraser raised $70,110 for her campaign.[4]

Washington State Senate, District 22 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Karen Fraser (D) 45,062
Erik Lee (D) 16,266

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Fraser collected $70,110 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign. [5]

Donor Amount
Washington Education Association $1,600
Kalispel Tribal Economic Auth. $1,600
Service Employees Healthcare 775NW $1,600
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe $1,600


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. [6]


Fraser proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $6.9 million, the 36th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[7]


Fraser is married to Tim Malone and has one daughter.

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Washington State Senate District 22
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