Reuven Carlyle

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Reuven Carlyle
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Washington House Of Representatives District 36a
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCommunications, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Master'sJohn F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Reuven Carlyle is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Carlyle previously served as an Assistant Majority Whip.


Carlyle earned his MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and BA in Communications from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.[1]

Carlyle is an entrepreneur in Wireless, Software, and Clean Energy Industries.

In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Carlyle one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Chair
Government Operations and Elections


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


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


Campaign themes


Phillips's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Economic Growth
Excerpt: "In state government, we must protect vital services for education, low income, children, elderly, foster children and other vulnerable groups. Yet, it’s time to recognize that a relentless march of increasing taxes at the city, county and state level is not sustainable. Different levels of government simply must coordinate and work together more closely instead of racing to the ballot for each new program."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Reuven supports increased funding and expanding the very definition of 'basic education' to include at least one year of additional education, training or certification beyond high school. We must bring down the institutional silos of education between early learning through K-12 and higher education."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "The issue of Global Warming will define how today's public leadership will be judged for generations. As a Legislator, Reuven will be so much more than a back bench 'green vote' for the environment—he will be a fully engaged and proactive champion of 21st Century environmental legislation as a member of the Seattle delegation in Olympia."
  • Children and Families
Excerpt: "Less than 2% of foster children ever achieve the dream of a college education while more than 10 times that number will go to prison soon after leaving the state's care. We are too moral of a society to allow this injustice."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Helping our public safety professionals save lives and property is important not only to enhancing our quality of life, but to our ability to accommodate [sic] the additional 1.7 million new residents projected in the Seattle area in the next two decades."
  • Transportation, Public Infrastructure & New Generation Waterfront
Excerpt: "We have a once in a lifetime chance to mold our regional transportation and public infrastructure into an integrated and coordinated system where mass transit, surface streets, I-5, SR 99, 520 Bridge, and I-90 work together in concert. ...Either we can keep muddling along with separate projects, drawn out timelines, confusing ballot initiatives and let Seattle grind to a halt, or we can learn from other cities worldwide and transform our transportation network for a 21st Century community."
  • Quality, Affordable Health Care for All
Excerpt: "Health care costs are the fastest growing portion of the state budget and are virtually out of control. Reuven believes the central philosophical underpinning of Washington's health care system must move from an 'illness' oriented system to a 'prevention' and 'healthy living' oriented approach."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Carlyle won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 36a. Carlyle advanced past the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Leslie Klein (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 36a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReuven Carlyle Incumbent 88.5% 67,105
     Republican Leslie Klein 11.5% 8,695
Total Votes 75,800
Washington State House of Representatives, District 36a Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReuven Carlyle Incumbent 88% 31,623
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Klein 7.7% 2,782
     Independent Robert Canamar 4.2% 1,522
Total Votes 35,927


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Reuven Carlyle was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 36a. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and in the November 2, 2010 general election.[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 35b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngReugen Carlyle (D) 24,387 100%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Reuven Carlyle won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 36 receiving 65.51% of the vote (44,916 votes), defeating Democrat John Burbank who received 34.49% of the vote (23,652 votes).[7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 36(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Reuven Carlyle (D) 44,916 65.51%
John Burbank (D) 23,652 34.49%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[8]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year. In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[9]


In 2010, a year in which Carlyle was up for re-election, he collected $97,385 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Reuven Carlyle's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Democratic Campaign Committee of Washington $20,030
Friends of Reuven Carlyle $10,000
Reuven M. Carlyle $8,400
Reuven M. Carlyle $5,830
Northwest Grocery Association $1,600


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 taxes and fees. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax and fee increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. [11]


Reuven proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $22.74 billion, the 2nd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[12]


Carlyle and his wife, Wendy, have four children.

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