|Washington State Senate District 40|
|2009 - present|
|January 9, 2017|
|Years in position||5|
|Assistant Majority Whip, Washington State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|San Juan County Commissioner|
|Bachelor's||The Evergreen State College|
|Place of birth||Orcas Island, WA|
|Profession||Principal, Coast Consulting Group|
Ranker earned his B.S. in Coastal Ecology and Community Development from The Evergreen State College. 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.
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:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Environment, Water & Energy|
|• Natural Resources & Marine Waters, Chair|
Ranker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.
|Washington State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Kevin Ranker Incumbent||62.9%||40,677|
|Washington State Senate, District 40 Blanket Primary, 2012|
|Democratic||Kevin Ranker Incumbent||59.6%||18,684|
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.
|Washington State Senate, District 40 (2008)|
|Kevin Ranker (D)||38,200|
|Steve Van Luven (R)||27,028|
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.
|Kevin Ranker's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State Senate, District 40||$191,645|
|2010||Washington State Senate, District 40||$4,725|
|2008||Washington State Senate, District 40||$197,000|
|Grand Total Raised||$393,370|
2012Ranker won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ranker raised a total of $191,645.
|Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kevin Ranker's campaign in 2012|
|Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington||$3,495|
|Washington State Hospital Association||$1,800|
|Razore, Paul A||$1,800|
|Muckleshoot Indian Tribe||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$191,645|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Ranker was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ranker raised a total of $4,725.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kevin Ranker's campaign in 2010|
|Washington Beverage Association||$800|
|Washington State Dental Association||$800|
|Western Washington Trial Lawyers For Victims Rights||$500|
|Premera Blue Cross||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$4,725|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Ranker won election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ranker raised a total of $197,000.
|Washington State Senate 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kevin Ranker's campaign in 2008|
|Washington State Democratic Party||$25,958|
|Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington||$9,773|
|San Juan County Democratic Central Cmte||$6,000|
|Skagit County Democratic Central Cmte||$5,500|
|40th District Democrats||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2008||$197,000|
|Source:Follow the Money|
- 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. 
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.
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. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a 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)||Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Ranker and his wife have two children.
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- Ranker on the Washington State Senate website
- Office website
- Legislative profile of Ranker on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Ranker on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- Campaign website
- Ranker on Facebook
- Washington Votes profile of Ranker
- Project Vote Smart - Sen. Ranker
- 40th Legislative District
- Kevin Ranker 2012, "Issues (tab)," accessed August 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," retrieved July 16, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "August 07, 2012 Primary Results - Legislative - All Results," accessed August 15, 2012
- Follow the Money's report on Ranker's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, "Ranker, Kevin M," accessed September 25, 2013
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Kevin Ranker," accessed August 2, 2012
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