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Maureen Walsh
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Washington House Of Representatives District 16a
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
Associate'sUniversity of Cincinnati, 1983
Date of birth11/18/1960
Place of birthCincinnati, OH
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Maureen Walsh (b. November 18, 1960) is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004. Walsh currently serves as Minority Caucus Vice Chair.


Walsh holds a degree in Commercial Art from the University of Cincinnati. Walsh previously worked as the legislative assistant for former state Representative Dave Mastin. Maureen’s priorities include early learning, protecting the state’s most vulnerable citizens, and creating good jobs. Walsh is owner/operator of Onion World, which she created with her late husband, Kelly.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning and Human Services
Higher Education
Technology and Economic Development


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Excerpt:"Creating and preserving jobs,"
  • Excerpt:"Helping small businesses in our state thrive, "
  • Excerpt:"Working to help empower parents to be their kids' first teachers,"
  • Excerpt:"Addressing agricultural issues,"
  • Excerpt:"Preparing our students for our diverse economy,"



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Walsh won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 16a. Walsh was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Mary Ruth Edwards (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 16a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen Walsh Incumbent 58.2% 25,503
     Republican Mary Ruth Edwards 41.8% 18,307
Total Votes 43,810


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Maureen Walsh was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 16. She was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and defeated Brenda High (Constitution party) in the November 2, 2010 general election.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 16a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Maureen Walsh (R) 33,793
Brenda High (C) 9,736
Washington House of Representatives, District 16a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Maureen Walsh (R) 22,137 82.31%
Green check mark transparent.png Brenda High (Constitution) 4,758 17.69%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Maureen Walsh won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 16 receiving 72.55% of the vote (36,697 votes), defeating Democrat Dante Lee Montoya who received 27.45% of the vote (13,885 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 16(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Maureen Walsh (R) 36,697 72.55%
Dante Lee Montoya (D) 13,885 27.45%

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 Walsh was up for re-election, she collected $55,051 in donations.[8]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Maureen Walsh's campaign in 2010
Washington Beverage Association$1,600
Puget Sound Energy$1,600
Gill, Tim$1,600
Optometric Physicians Of Washington$1,600
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $55,051


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Maureen Walsh's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Beverage Association $2,400
Weyerhaeuser Co $1,600
Community Health Network of Washington $1,600
Northwest Grocery Association $1,600
Wal-Mart $1,500


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]


Walsh proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $238.3 million, the 45th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]


Maureen lives in College Place and has three young adult children.

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