Paul Harris

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Paul Harris
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Washington House Of Representatives, District 17b
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Minority Whip, Washington House of Representatives
2013 - present
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sRicks College, 1976
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1978
Place of birthPortland, Oregon
ProfessionSales Representative
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Harris is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in the 2013 session, Hansen serves as Minority Whip.


Harris earned an A.A. from Ricks College and a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Brigham Young University.

Harris has worked since 2010 as a sales representative for Quick Collect, a Vancouver-based company. He currently owns QuickMeds, LLC, and previously owned Cascade and Supply, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the Evergreen School District from 1993-1994.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care and Wellness


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


Campaign themes


Harris's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"Let’s Get Washington Working is a plan that unshackles businesses from excessive regulations. Private employers in many sectors of Washington State are bound with exorbitant taxes and fees that hinder economic growth and progress. Let’s Get Washington Working would promote a free market economy, allowing employers to prosper and create jobs."


  • Excerpt:"Funding education first would take the politics out of the classroom and would deliver financial assurance and peace of mind to concerned parents, teachers and students. The courts have ruled that programs and offerings falling within the legislative definition of basic education are considered non discretionary and must be funded regardless of budgetary constraints."


  • Excerpt:"Recognizing a portion of hydro as renewable would solve this next step of I-937, save jobs and protect the environment."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harris won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 17b. Harris was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and was defeated Jim Gizzi (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 17b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Harris Incumbent 55.9% 30,095
     Democratic Jim Gizzi 44.1% 23,783
Total Votes 53,878


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Paul Harris was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 17b. He defeated Martin Hash in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Democrat Monica Stonier in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 17b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Harris (R) 25,342
Monica Stonier (D) 21,924
Washington House of Representatives, District 17b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Harris (R) 14,384 55.73%
Green check mark transparent.png Monica Stonier (D) 8,473 32.83%
Martin Hash (D) 2,952 11.44%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5] Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $209,037 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[6]

Paul Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 17 Won $93,952
2010 Washington State House, District 17 Won $87,251
2006 Washington State House, District 17 Defeated $10,184
2004 Washington State House, District 17 Defeated $17,650
Grand Total Raised $209,037


Harris won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $93,952.
Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Harris's campaign in 2012
17th Legislative District Democratic Central Cmte$4,000
Washington Chiropractic Trust$1,800
Farmers Insurance Group$1,800
Columbia United Providers$1,800
Washington Education Association$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$93,952
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Harris was up for election, he collected $87,251 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Harris's campaign in 2010
House Republican Organizational Cmte Of Washington$33,971
Harris, Paul$9,400
Washington State Dental Association$2,400
Washington Restaurant Association$1,600
Washington Beverage Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $87,251


Presidential preference


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

Paul Harris endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]


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]


Harris proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $189.1 million, the 49th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]

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.[11] 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 Harris voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Paul Harris
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Harris has lived in District 17 for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Lori, have five children and six grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Deb Wallace (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 17b
Succeeded by