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Larry Springer
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Washington House Of Representatives District 45b
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Kirkland
2000 - 2003
Bachelor'sWestern Washington State College, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Oregon, 1974
Date of birth01/30/1947
Place of birthSnoqualmie, WA
Office website
Campaign website
Larry Springer (b. January 30, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader for Jobs & Economic Development.


Springer earned a MS in Family Counseling from the University of Oregon in 1974. Springer earned his BA in Education from Western Washington State College in 1969. He has been the owner of The Grape Choice since 1982. Springer was a teacher for the Auburn School District from 1969 to 1974. He then worked as Administrative Director for King County Youth Services from 1977 to 1980. From 1984 to 1986, he was owner of The Feed Store Restaurant.

Springer was Mayor of the City of Kirkland from 2000 to 2003. He also served as Council Member for the Kirkland City Council from 1994 to 2004. He is a former Majority Assistant Whip and Majority Floor Leader.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Springer served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Springer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt:"I’ll work with employers large and small to protect existing jobs and bring new jobs to our region in growing areas like alternative energy, biotechnology, biofuels and emerging industries."

Parks & Open Spaces

  • Excerpt:"I’ll work with local government—and landowners—to assure that we protect it both rights and the environment."


  • Excerpt:"I’ll make sure we invest in our schools and teachers—not school bureaucracy—and assure that every student that wants to attend college in Washington has access to the school of their choice."


  • Excerpt:"You can count on me to focus on safety and maintenance first, and invest in projects that best move people and goods efficiently."

Health Care

  • Excerpt:"I’m fighting to make sure everyone has access to affordable health care."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Springer won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 45b. Springer was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Jim Thatcher (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Springer Incumbent 57.8% 38,640
     Republican Jim Thatcher 42.2% 28,213
Total Votes 66,853


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Larry Springer was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 45b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election he defeated Republican Mark Isaacs.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Springer (D) 33,083
Mark Isaacs (R) 23,738
Washington House of Representatives, District 45b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Springer (D) 16,959 55.34%
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Isaacs (R) 13,687 44.66%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Larry Springer won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 45 receiving 59.72% of the vote (37,058 votes), defeating Republican Kevin Haistings who received 40.28% of the vote (25,000 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Springer (D) 37,058 59.72%
Kevin Haistings (R) 25,000 40.28%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Springer was up for re-election, he collected $177,062 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Springer's campaign in 2010
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$4,339
Washington Association Of Realtors$1,600
Washington State Patrol Troopers Association$1,600
Naiop Washington State Chapter$1,600
Waste Management$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $177,062


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Larry Springer's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Friends of Larry Springer $15,000
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $2,400
45th District Democrats $2,000
Matthew G. Loschen $1,675
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 taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[9]


Springer proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $3.81 billion, the 24th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]


Springer is married to Penny Sweet and has one stepchild.

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