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Rodney Tom
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Washington State Senate District 48
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 8
Majority Coalition Caucus Leader, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1985
Master'sUniversity of Southern California, 1988
Place of birthEastgate, WA
Office website
Rodney Tom is the Democratic Majority Coalition Caucus Leader of the Washington State Senate, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Following the 2012 election, Tom and fellow Democrat Tim Sheldon joined with Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus, which led to Tom becoming State Senate Majority Leader starting in 2013.

Tom served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005. In March of 2006 he switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.[1]


Tom earned his BA from the University of Washington in 1985. He went on to receive his MBA from the University of Southern California in 1988. Tom is a realtor for Windermere Real Estate.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Ways & Means


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


Majority Coalition Caucus

In December 2012, Tom, fellow Democrat Tim Sheldon, and 23 Republicans signed a pledge to form a majority caucus called the Majority Coalition Caucus, wresting control of the Senate from the Democratic caucus which had maintained an advantage following the 2012 election. Under this arrangement, Tom became Majority Leader, with Sheldon becoming President Pro Tempore, and Republicans filling the remaining leadership positions. Though hailed by caucus members as a bellwether of cooperation, Democrats disagreed with claims of bipartisanship.

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, three committees are chaired by Democrats, 11 by Republicans, and one is co-chaired.[2]



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Rodney Tom was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 48 seat in 2010. He ran unopposed in the August 17 primary. He was defeated by Republican Gregg Bennett in the November 2, 2010 general election. [3]

Washington State Senate, District 48 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Tom (D) 13,688 52.67 %
Green check mark transparent.png Gregg Bennett (R) 12,302 47.33%


In November 2006, Tom was elected for the 48th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 21,868 votes.

Kauffman raised $365,723 for his campaign.[4]

Washington State Senate, District 48 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Tom (D) 21,868
Luke Esser (R) 19,112

Campaign donors


In 2010, Tom received $250,285 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[5]

Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rodney Tom's campaign in 2010
Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte$44,887
Washington State Democratic Central Cmte - Non Exempt$10,045
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Society$2,100
East King County Lawyers For Justice$2,100
Wissner-Slivka, Lisa$1,800
Total Raised in 2010 $250,285


In 2006, Tom collected $365,723 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [6]

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE $44,975
Washington State Democratic Party $41,901
Rodney Tom $30,300
48th District Democrats $23,000


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. [7]


Tom proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $441.7 million, the 13th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]


Tom and his wife Deborah have two daughters.

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