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Pam Roach
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Washington State Senate District 31
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 24
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1970
Date of birthApril 26, 1948
Place of birthSan Diego, CA
Office website
Pam Roach is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

In 1996, she ran in the campaign for Governor of Washington but was unsuccessful. She served as Republican Assistant Whip in the senate from 1993 to 1994.[1]


Roach earned her BA in History from Brigham Young University in 1970. She went on to receive her teaching certificate in 1971. Roach is a former weekend radio show host for KIRO. She has also worked as a legislative aide for Washington State Senator/King County Council Member Kent Pullen.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Institutions & Insurance
Governmental Operations, Chair
Law & Justice


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Pam Roach endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Pam Roach was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 31. She was opposed by Matt Richardson (R), Ron Weigelt (D), and Raymond Bunk (D) in the August 17, 2010 primary. She defeated Matt Richardson (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 31 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pam Roach (R) 29,374 66.71%
Matt Richardson (R) 14,661 33.29%
Washington State Senate, District 31 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngPam Roach (R) 10,406 40.90%
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Richardson (R) 5,798 22.79%
Ron Weigelt (D) 5,043 19.82%
Raymond Bunk (D) 4,193 16.48%


In November 2006, Roach was re-elected for the 31st District of the Washington State Senate receiving 21,315 votes.

Roach raised $233,642 for her campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 31 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Pam Roach (R) 21,315
Yvonne Ward (D) 18,771

Campaign donors


In 2010, Roach received $126,146 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[7]


In 2006, Roach collected $233,642 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign. [8]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign CMTE/SRCC $23,897
Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company $2,075
Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons $2,075
Holland America Line Westours $2,050


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. [9]


Roach proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.8 million, the 42nd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]


Roach and her husband, Jim, have been married for 33 years and have five grown children.

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