Roger Goodman

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Roger Goodman
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Washington House Of Representatives District 45a
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDartmouth College, 1983
Master'sJohn F. Kennedy School of Government, 1998
J.D.The George Washington University School of Law, 1986
Office website
Campaign website
Roger Goodman is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.


Goodman earned his AB from Dartmouth College in 1983. He went on to receive his JD from The George Washington University School of Law in 1986. In 1998 he received his MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Goodman was a Visiting Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1981.

Goodman was an attorney for Tillinghast, Collins and Graham from 1986 to 1988. In 1988, he worked as legal staff for the Democratic National Committee. He then worked as Legislative Director/Counsel for United States Representatives Bob Wise from 1989 to 1993. Goodman worked for United States Representative Rick Boucher as Chief of Staff from 1993 to 1995.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning and Human Services
Public Safety, Chair


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


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


Campaign themes


Bond's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Education and Early Education
Excerpt: "Without question, our top priority is public education. 'Ample' funding for education is our constitutional obligation; it is also critical to our competitiveness in the global market and to our good citizenship at home. We must carefully redefine 'basic education' and invest in it with transparency and accountability so we know what we are paying for." "As far as funding is concerned, my top priorities for improving education in Washington are increasing teacher pay and incentives and reducing classroom size. The voters voted for that a few years ago and we need to make good on the voters’ will. Other major funding issues are special education (current inadequate resources have prompted a lawsuit against the state), advanced placement programs like Quest and the huge deficit in available spaces in our state’s post-secondary institutions. Also, research tells us that one of our most critical needs is early learning, for which we need an expanded infrastructure (facilities and trained staff) to reach more children."
  • Jobs and The Economy
Excerpt: "As we move forward we need to continue supporting our cornerstone industries such as aerospace, agriculture and timber. We should keep our focus on infrastructure projects that spur economic development and on tax breaks and employee training for those companies with good-paying jobs. Just as important is the small business community, the main engine of job creation and innovation. We need to keep our small business owners successful and encourage entrepreneurship."
  • Environmental Protection
Excerpt: "Today we face some critical environmental challenges that require immediate attention, including water shortages, water quality threats, the need to preserve Puget Sound and the need to wean ourselves from fossil fuels and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Puget Sound is the heart of our life support system. Last session, I supported the first down payment in the urgent cleanup of Puget Sound – and there is a lot more work to do. We need to support the newly-created Puget Sound Partnership and give it the resources it needs to continue its important work in coordinating the long term cleanup."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "First and foremost, all children in Washington must have access to quality health care and I strongly support the initiative to make that happen. We should focus on preventive care rather than having to be reactive with expensive trauma and chronic disease care. We also need to innovate. In an environment of narrow profit margins and budgetary restraints we must be more creative in the health care field. There are models of health care plans that put in place disease management guidelines focusing on health rather than health care, and achieve the best outcomes while containing costs. We should provide incentives and create an atmosphere that allows us to replicate those successful models."
  • Traffic Problems And Transportation Choices
Excerpt: "We must do more than merely widen highway lanes. We must build a truly multi-modal system that allows us to move commerce faster and that equitably gets us where we want to go. But I won’t lie to you – in the meanwhile, we’ll still be sitting in traffic because these developments will take some time. ...The new 520 bridge is our top transportation priority, both to reduce congestion and for urgent safety reasons. ...I support a huge expansion of bus rapid transit and enlarged park and ride lots. Light rail just may not be affordable any longer, given the cost of the seismic retrofits on the I-90 bridge. Light rail also won’t work on the 520 bridge because of the steep grades. ...Locally, the roads in the 45th District are in desperate need of upgrading, including Avondale Road, Woodinville-Duvall Road and State Route 203."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "I will not support any general tax increases, whether they are excise taxes, property taxes or business and occupation taxes. The tax burden is already too great for property owners, small businesses and people on limited incomes. I will not support any new type of tax. We are regrettably far off from comprehensive tax reform. As I have said before, no cherry picking allowed. ...We must devise a revenue system that is less regressive and less unstable."
  • Public Safety and Public Order
Excerpt: "As we move forward in the Legislature I will focus sharply on the chronic problem of domestic violence. It is shocking to learn that half of all of the women who die each year in our area are killed by their abusive partners. This epidemic deserves major attention and I will convene law enforcement, the courts and other concerned parties through the Judiciary Committee to find better solutions. Local budgets are busting across Washington State because of the increasing burden of the criminal justice system. Something is way out of balance. It is time we took a serious look at how our criminal justice dollars are spent so we focus primarily on crimes against persons and property instead of squandering huge sums on a punitive approach toward the mentally ill and the addicted."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Goodman won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 45a. Goodman was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Joel Hussey (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Goodman Incumbent 56.5% 37,975
     Republican Joel Hussey 43.5% 29,286
Total Votes 67,261

Washington State House of Representatives, District 45a Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Goodman Incumbent 49% 14,174
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Hussey 44.5% 12,885
     Democratic Jacob Bond 6.5% 1,895
Total Votes 28,954

Goodman initially planned to run for U.S. Congress representing Washington's 1st district,[5] but withdrew prior to the primary to continue serving in the Washington Legislature.[6]


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Roger Goodman was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 45a. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election he was defeated by Republican Kevin Haistings.[7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Roger Goodman (D) 29,242
Kevin Haistings (R) 27,731
Washington House of Representatives, District 45a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roger Goodman (D) 15,325 50.31%
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Haistings (R) 15,137 49.69%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Roger Goodman won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 45 receiving 54.48% of the vote (34,585 votes), defeating Republican Toby Nixon who received 45.52% of the vote (28,898 votes).[8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 45(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roger Goodman (D) 34,585 54.48%
Toby Nixon (R) 28,898 45.52%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[9]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Goodman was up for re-election, he collected $202,803 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Roger Goodman's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Democratic Campaign Committee of Washington $91,010
45th District Democrats $1,600
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Food & Commercial Workers Local 21 $800
Seiu Healthcare 1199NW $800


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]


Goodman proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $3.76 billion, the 25th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[12]


Goodman and his wife, Liv, have two children.

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