Kevin Ranker

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Kevin Ranker
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Washington State Senate District 40
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 6
Assistant Majority Whip, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Juan County Commissioner
Bachelor'sThe Evergreen State College
Place of birthOrcas Island, WA
ProfessionPrincipal, Coast Consulting Group
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kevin Ranker is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 40. He was first elected in 2008. Ranker previously served as Assistant Majority Whip.


Ranker earned his B.S. in Coastal Ecology and Community Development from The Evergreen State College.[1] Ranker's political experience began with his service as chair of the Board of County Commissioners in 2004. He went on to become a council member for San Juan County and he served in this position from 2004 to 2008.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
Ways & Means


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


Campaign themes


Ranker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Environment
Excerpt: "During the last four years as your senator, I have championed key environmental legislation. We now have one of the strongest oils spills protection program in the country and are significantly reducing the amount of deadly toxins in our Puget Sound and ocean due to a ban on the use of toxic copper in bottom paint and brake pads. I played a key role in securing legislation eliminating toxics in baby bottles and toys."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "Like all other areas of the economy, public employees have shared in the cut-backs in an effort to balance our budget. However, public sector jobs represent thousands of family wage jobs for our friends, neighbors and families in our communities and, as such, are part of the solution to our long-term economic recovery. I have worked tirelessly to protect these jobs to the greatest extent possible and ensure that the important services they provide to the citizens of Washington are maintained."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "The state must view our ferry system with the same degree of attention and commitment that it views every other part of our public transportation system. Not only are ferries critical to the everyday lives of residents of San Juan and Skagit Counties, but they are also a significant economic driver for our $11 billion state tourism economy as they are consistently recognized as a major draw for visitors. Ferries should be acknowledged as a benefit to our state economy in addition to being an expenditure within our transportation budget."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "In this economic climate, major cuts to every program in our budget was an unfortunate reality. As your Senator, I heard your calls to protect and prioritize health care for the neediest in our communities. I have been a vocal and consistent supporter for protecting and minimizing cuts to Apple Health for Kids, Basic Health and programs providing services to our disabled and seniors."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is sometimes talked about as an economic burden. I cannot disagree more. Every dollar we invest in education pays enormous dividends down the road. ...Our K-12 Education systems have taken the brunt of the hits over the last several years. Having made these cuts, now we need to decide what caliber of education we want in this state and how we are going to fund it. ...We need to close tax loopholes, raise new taxes, while also fixing existing ones such as B&O. I believe that we want an exceptional educational system and therefore we must be bold in reforming our tax system to prioritize education. ...My father, mother and grandmother all taught at the University level, so education was always a priority in my home. As your State Senator it has also been a priority for me in Olympia."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Ranker won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 40. Ranker advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated John Swapp (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Ranker Incumbent 62.9% 40,677
     Republican John Swapp 37.1% 23,959
Total Votes 64,636

Washington State Senate, District 40 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Ranker Incumbent 59.6% 18,684
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Swapp 34.4% 10,791
     Independent Jim Cozad 5.9% 1,864
Total Votes 31,339


On November 4, 2008, Ranker was elected for the 40th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 38,200 votes.

Ranker raised $197,000 for his campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 40 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Ranker (D) 38,200
Steve Van Luven (R) 27,028

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ranker is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Ranker raised a total of $393,370 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[7]

Kevin Ranker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 40 Won $191,645
2010 Washington State Senate, District 40 Not up for election $4,725
2008 Washington State Senate, District 40 Won $197,000
Grand Total Raised $393,370


Ranker won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ranker raised a total of $191,645.


Ranker was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ranker raised a total of $4,725.


Ranker won election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ranker raised a total of $197,000.


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. [8]


Ranker proposed a 10-year decrease in state taxes and fees of $7.45 billion, the 45th highest amount of proposed new net taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]

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.[10] 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 Ranker voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Kevin Ranger
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Ranker and his wife have two children.[11]

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