Paull Shin

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Paull Shin
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Washington State Senate District 21
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 16
Vice President Pro Tempore, Washington State Senate
2001-2002, 2005, Present
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Master'sUniversity of Pittsburgh
Ph.D.University of Washington
Office website
Paull Shin is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate. He has represented District 21 since 1999. Shin is currently serving as Vice President Pro Tempore, as he had previously in 2001-2 and 2005.

Previously, Shin served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1993 to 1994.[1]


Shin earned his BA from Brigham Young University, and went on to receive his MA in Public/International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He then earned his PhD from the University of Washington. Shin is retired from teaching at the college level.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development
Trade & Economic Development


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Paull Shin ran for re-election to the Washington State Senate District 21. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010 and defeated David Preston (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010. [3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paull Shin (D) 30,369 63.26%
David Preston (R) 17,637 36.74%
Washington State Senate, District 21 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paull Shin (D) 16,492 62.34%
Green check mark transparent.png David Preston (R) 6,301 23.82%
Glen Sayes (R) 3,663 13.85%


In November 2006, Shin ran unopposed and was re-elected for the 21st District of the Washington State Senate receiving 30,132 votes.

Shin raised $163,128 for his campaign.[5]

Washington State Senate, District 21 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paull Shin (D) 30,132

Campaign donors


In 2010, Shin received $194,858 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[6]


In 2006, Shin collected $163,128 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [7]

Donor Amount
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe $1,400
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,400
The Roosevelt Fund $1,400
Washington State Dental Association $1,400


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]


Shin proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $758 million, the 12th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]


Shin and his wife Donna have two children.

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