|Washington State Senate District 33|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Washington State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Berkeley, 1969|
|Master's||University of California, Berkeley, 1973|
|Birthday||September 29, 1947|
|Place of birth||Sioux City, IA|
Previously, Keiser was appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1996 and served there until her appointment to the Senate in 2001. Keiser's first political experience began with her service as Precinct Committee Officer of the 33rd District from 1988 to 1995.
Keiser earned her BA in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1969. She went on to earn her MSJ in Journalism from the University of California-Berkeley in 1973. She then graduated from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Keiser was a reporter for several TV stations. From 1972 to 1975 she worked for KGW-TV in Oregon. She then worked for KMGH-TV in Colorado from 1975 to 1978. She went on to work for KSTW-TV in Washington from 1979 to 1981. Keiser also was Communications Director for the Washington State Labor Council from 1981 to 2006.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Keiser served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce & Labor|
|• Health Care|
|• Ways & Means|
|• Joint Administrative Rules Review|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Keiser served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Health & Long-Term Care, Chair|
|• Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance|
|• Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection|
|• Ways and Means|
Keiser is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states, the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.
TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010
Karen Keiser was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 33. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010. She defeated Republican Jack Michalek in the November 2, 2010 General Election.
|Washington State Senate, District 33 General Election (2010)|
|Karen Keiser (D)||20,559||59.78%|
|Jack Michalek (R)||13,833||40.22%|
|Washington State Senate, District 33 Primary (2010)|
|Karen Keiser (D)||11,107||57.77%|
|Jack Michalek (R)||8,120||42.23%|
In November 2006, Keiser was re-elected for the 33rd District of the Washington State Senate receiving 18,083 votes.
Keiser raised $223,090 for her campaign.
|Washington State Senate, District 33 (2006)|
|Karen Keiser (D)||18,083|
|Karen Steele (R)||10,898|
In 2010, Keiser received $117,669 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Karen Keiser's campaign in 2010|
|Fire Fighters Local 2024||$1,600|
|Washington State Auto Dealers Association||$1,600|
|Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council||$1,600|
|International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 302||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$117,669|
In 2006, Keiser collected $223,090 in donations.
Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign.
|Alliance for Washington Entertainment PAC||$1,400|
|Washington Refuse & Recycling Association||$1,400|
|Campaign for Tribal Self-Reliance||$1,400|
|Washington Education Association||$1,400|
Keiser is divorced with three children, named David, Elizabeth and Marc.
- 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. 
Keiser proposed a 10-year decrease in state taxes and fees of $3.01 billion, the 44th highest amount of proposed new net taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
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- Karen Keiser on the Washington State Senate website
- Keiser's state-sponsored website
- Legislative profile of Keiser on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Keiser on Project vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Keiser on Facebook
- Keiser on MySpace
- Washington Votes profile of Keiser
- District Finder, 33rd District
- Project Vote Smart - Sen. Keiser
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed September 26, 2011
- Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington Legislature Official General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Keiser's 2006 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2006 contributors to Karen Keiser
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
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