Marko Liias

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Marko Liias
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Washington House Of Representatives District 21b
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth07/17/1981
Place of birthEdmonds, WA
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Marko Liias (b. July 17, 1981) is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Liias earned his BSFS in International Politics and graduated from Georgetown University in 2003. He is currently attending the University of Washington, studying Public Administration.

Liias has served on the Mukilteo City Council, and was Student Director of the Mukilteo School Board and Precinct Committee Officer for Mukilteo 09. He also served as an intern for United States Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington and Eliot Engel of New York.

He has worked as a Researcher for KING-5, a Freelance Reporter for Mukilteo Beacon, a general contractor, and a small business owner. From 2003 to 2008, he was Vice President of Rick Liias Construction Inc.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government


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


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Liias initially announced an intention to run for U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. He planned to seek the seat being vacated by Jay Inslee (D).[2] However, the redistricting map left Edmonds -- the home town for Liias -- out of the vacated 1st district. Liias said he would seek re-election to District 21b of the state house in 2012.[3]

Liias ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Kevin Morrison (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarko Liias Incumbent 60.6% 34,231
     Republican Kevin Morrison 39.4% 22,231
Total Votes 56,462


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Marko Liias was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 21. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Republican Elizabeth Scott in the November 2, 2010 general election.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Marko Liias (D) 25,491
Elizabeth Scott (R) 21,519
Washington House of Representatives, District 21b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marko Liias (D) 12,891 50.17%
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth Scott (R) 8,403 32.70%
Alan D. Tagle (R) 3,185 12.40%
Mike Huisman (SeniorSide) 1,215 4.73%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Marko Liias won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 21 receiving 63.94% of the vote (34,156 votes), defeating Republican Andrew Funk who received 36.06% of the vote (19,259 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marko Liias (D) 34,156 63.94%
Andrew Funk (R) 19,259 36.06%

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 Liias was up for re-election, he collected $154,537 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Marko Liias's campaign in 2010
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington$5,557
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association$2,400
Physical Therapy Association Of Washington$2,100
Washington Health Care Association$1,600
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $154,537


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]


Liias proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $2.12 billion, the 35th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]


Liias is single.

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