Mary Helen Roberts

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Mary Helen Roberts
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Washington House Of Representatives District 21a
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Los Angeles, 1969
Date of birth09/14/1947
Place of birthPortland, OR
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Mary Helen Roberts (b. September 14, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Roberts earned her BA from the University of California Los Angeles in 1969.

Roberts has been a Budget Analyst, Appropriations Committee for the Washington State House of Representatives and a Project Officer, Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce. She has served as Chair of the Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee, Advance Person for the McGovern for President Campaign, Statewide Fundraising Coordinator for the McDermott for Governor Campaign, Campaign Manager for the McDermott for Congress Campaign, Volunteer for the Lowry for Congress Campaign, Women's Issues Outreach Coordinator/Co-Office Manager/Press Assistant for the Lindquist for Congress Campaign, and Snohomish County Coordinator for the Clinton for President Campaign.

Roberts is owner of Two Dragons Imports. She has been an Account Executive, Western Region for Citicorp Services, a Policy Analyst for Planned Parenthood-World Population, a Fund Development Manager for the Program for Early Parent Support, an Independent Consultant for the Snohomish County Transportation Planning Agency, Children's Alliance, Former Executive Director, Washington State Women's Council.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning and Human Services
Public Safety, Vice-chair


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


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Roberts ran in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 21a. Roberts ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2]


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mary Helen Roberts was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 21. She ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. She defeated Republican Ed Borey in the November 2, 2010 general election.[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Helen Roberts (D) 26,612
Ed Borey (R) 20,633
Washington House of Representatives, District 21a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Helen Roberts (D) 14,779 56.76%
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Borey (R) 11,261 43.24%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mary Helen Roberts won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 21 receiving 67.59% of the vote (36,352 votes), defeating Republican Brian M. Travis who received 32.41% of the vote (17,433 votes).[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Helen Roberts (D) 36,352 67.59%
Brian M. Travis (R) 17,433 32.41%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Roberts was up for re-election, she collected $54,141 in donations.[6]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Helen Roberts's campaign in 2010
Washington Credit Union League$1,600
Puget Sound Citizens For Political Responsibility$1,600
Victims Advocate$1,600
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association$1,600
Washington Federation Of State Employees$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $54,141


Listed below is the largest contributor to Mary Helen Roberts' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Community Education Centers $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. [7]


Roberts proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $5.42 billion, the 17th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]


Roberts is single and has two children.

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