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Michael Baumgartner (Washington)

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Michael Baumgartner
Michael Baumgartner.jpg
Washington State Senate District 6
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University, 1999
Master'sHarvard University
Place of birthPullman, WA
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Baumgartner is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, District 6. He was first elected in 2010. Baumgartner ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and lost in the general election.[1]


Baumgartner holds a BA in economics from Washington State University and an MPA in international development from Harvard University. He was formerly an Economic Affairs Officer with the U.S. State Department in Iraq and is currently a part-time economic adviser to the United States military.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Human Services & Corrections
Trade & Economic Development
Ways & Means, Vice-chair


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Developing diverse domestic energy sources
  • Balancing the budget
  • Creating jobs through decreasing hindrances to businesses

Baumgartner said he was a "pragmatic conservative."[3]


Baumgartner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Reduce Wasteful Government Spending
Excerpt: "I believe my background in economics will help, but more important is to have common sense and courage to stand up to the special interests and insist that wasteful spending end."
  • Stop Tax and Fee Increases
Excerpt: "We don’t need more taxes; we need to reduce spending."
  • Support Good Jobs
Excerpt: "If elected, one of my first actions would be to work across partisan lines, bringing together major employers like Avista with political leaders like the mayor and county commissioners to work together for sustainable job growth."
  • Improve Schools
Excerpt: "We must do more to improve public schools and ensure that students receive an education that will prepare them for happy, productive lives in a competitive 21st Century. The Legislature’s recent cuts to public schools and universities are endangering our state’s future."



See also: United States Senate elections in Washington, 2012

Baumgartner ran for the United States Senate in 2012 as a Republican. He faced incumbent Maria Cantwell (D), Timmy Wilson (D), Chuck Jackson (R), Art Coday (R), Mike the Mover (R), Glen Stockwell (R), and Will Baker (I) in the August 7 primary.[5] The top two vote-getters were Cantwell and Baumgartner, who advanced to the general election ballot.[6] He and Maria Cantwell advanced past the blanket primary to the general election on November 6, 2012.[7] Cantwell defeated Baumgartner in the general election.[1]

Incumbent Maria Cantwell had a $4.5 million advantage over any of her challengers.[8]

Baumgartner considered his an "underdog campaign."[3] He said Cantwell "bought her way into office 12 years ago.... At the end of the day campaigns aren't about dollars, they're about who has better solutions."[8]

U.S. Senate, Washington, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Cantwell Incumbent 60.5% 1,855,493
     Republican Michael Baumgartner 39.5% 1,213,924
Total Votes 3,069,417
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Michael Baumgartner defeated incumbent Chris Marr (D) in the November 2, 2010 general election for the Washington State Senate District 6. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 17, 2010. [9][10]

Washington State Senate, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Baumgartner (R) 33,929 53.71%
Chris Marr (D) 29,237 46.29%
Washington State Senate, District 6 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Baumgartner (R) 21,263 53.30%
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Marr (D) 18,630 46.70%

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Baumgartner's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Baumgartner lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Baumgartner's campaign committee raised a total of $1,139,664 and spent $1,019,060.[11]


In 2010, the year Baumgartner first won election to the Senate, he collected $362,366 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Washington $66,322
Washington State Republican Party $58,415
6th District Legislative Committee $33,500
Michael Baumgartner $4,264


Baumgartner has a partner, Elenor.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Marr
Washington Senate District 6
Succeeded by