Mary Margaret Haugen

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Mary Margaret Haugen
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Washington State Senate District 10
Former member
In office
1993 - 2013
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Date of birthJanuary 14, 1941
Place of birthCamano Island, WA
ReligionUnited Methodist Church
Campaign website
Mary Margaret Haugen (b. January 14, 1941) is a former Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 10 from 1993 to 2013. Previously, she served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1982 to 1992. Haugen's political experience began with her service as a board member for Stanwood School District 401 from 1972 to 1984.[1]

Haugen attended Mount Vernon Beauty School from 1959 to 1960. Haugen was the owner and operator of Mary Margaret's Beauty Salon from 1972 to 1994.[2]


Campaign themes

Haugen's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]


  • Excerpt:"Mary Margaret has been a champion for much needed transportation projects and our ferry system while making our state government efficient and accountable."


  • Excerpt:"Despite the economic downturn and the many budget cuts needed to close the state’s budget deficit, Mary Margaret was able to work with members of both parties to pass a budget that ultimately avoided cuts to K-12 and higher education."

Supporting Small Businesses & Farms

  • Excerpt:"Supporting working farms and small businesses means new jobs in towns and cities throughout the state and allows our communities to be sustainable."

Reforming & Funding our Ferry System

  • Excerpt:"These projects have helped provide thousands of local family-wage jobs that are tied to both their construction and operation."

Safe Communities

  • Excerpt:"Keeping our communities safe has always been a top priority for Mary Margaret."

Committee assignments


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Haugen ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate District 10. Haugen was unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and was defeated by Barbara Bailey (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Bailey 52.8% 37,810
     Democratic Mary Margaret Haugen Incumbent 47.2% 33,778
Total Votes 71,588


On November 4, 2008, Haugen was re-elected for the Tenth District of the Washington State Senate receiving 36,835 votes.

Haugen raised $333,230 for her campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Margaret Haugen (D) 36,835
Linda Haddon (R) 31,917

Campaign donors


In 2008, Haugen collected $333,230 in donations.

Listed below are the top six contributors to her campaign.[7]

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE of Washington $54,452
10th District Democrats $7,000
10th Legislative District Democrats $4,000
Tulalip Tribes of Washington $3,000
Holland America Line $2,200
Washington State Democratic Party $1,752


Haugen is married to Basil Badley.


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]


Haugen proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $777.2 million, the 11th highest amount of proposed new 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 Haugen voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Washington State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
Barbara Bailey (R)