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Mike Sells

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Mike Sells
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Washington House Of Representatives District 38b
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'sCentral Washington University, 1967
Date of birth07/28/1945
Place of birthSeattle, WA
Office website
Mike Sells (b. July 28, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 38. He was first elected in 2004.


Sells earned his BA in Education/History from Central Washington University in 1967. He went on to receive his Fifth-Year Teacher Certification from the University of Washington in 1971.

Sells was president of Local 772 for Everett Federation of Teachers from 1969 to 1980. He also worked as teacher for Everett School District from 1967 to 1991. From 1981 to 1998 he was President of the Everett Education Association. He has been Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Snohomish County Labor Council of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization since 1976.[1]

Sells has served as Precinct Committee Officer for the Democratic Party.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Labor and Workforce Development, Chair


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


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sells won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 38b. Sells was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Michael Casey (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 38b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sells Incumbent 62.4% 30,832
     Republican Michael Casey 37.6% 18,596
Total Votes 49,428


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sells was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 38b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Republican Iris Lilly in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 38b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Sells (D) 22,043
Iris Lilly (R) 15,602
Washington House of Representatives, District 38b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Sells (D) 11,474 56.27%
Green check mark transparent.png Iris Lilly (R) 8,918 43.73%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mike Sells won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 38 receiving 100.00% of the vote (36,293 votes). He ran unopposed.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 23(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Sells (D) 36,293 100.00%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Sells was up for re-election, he collected $37,191 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Sells's campaign in 2010
Electrical Workers Local 191$1,600
International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 302$1,600
Washington Beverage Association$1,600
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe$1,600
Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $37,191


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Mike Sells's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Education Association $1,600
University of Washington $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Philip Morris $1,500
Washington Beverage Association $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 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]


Sells proposed a 10-year decrease in state taxes and fees of $1.6 billion, the lowest amount of proposed new net taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]


Sells and his wife, Gayle, have two children.

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