Ross Hunter

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Ross Hunter
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Washington House Of Representatives District 48a
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYale University, 1983
ProfessionBusiness management (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
Ross Hunter is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.


Hunter earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Yale University in 1983. He worked as a program manager for the Microsoft Corporation from 1984 to 2000. He is now retired.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair


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


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


Debt negotiations

Hunter is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[2] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[3]

Campaign themes


Hunter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Ensuring a Balanced Budget

  • Excerpt:"It’s our constitutional requirement to produce a balanced budget, and we did so with relatively little drama and with no significant budget gimmicks."


  • Excerpt:"I propose focusing on growing sectors that require a highly-educated workforce and pay well."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hunter won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 48a. Hunter was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Bill Hirt (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 48a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Hunter Incumbent 69.3% 39,362
     Republican Bill Hirt 30.7% 17,463
Total Votes 56,825


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ross Hunter was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 48a. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election he defeated Republican Diane Tebelius.[7]

Washington House of Representatives, District 48a General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Hunter (D) 24,981
Diane Tebelius (R) 21,283
Washington House of Representatives, District 48a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Hunter (D) 14,142 54.96%
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Tebelius (R) 11,590 45.04%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Ross Hunter won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 48 receiving 64.32% of the vote (32,586 votes), defeating Republican Larry Cooney who received 35.68% of the vote (18,074 votes).[8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 48(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Hunter (D) 32,586 64.32%
Charles A. Lapp (R) 18,074 35.68%

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 Hunter was up for re-election, he collected $212,312 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Ross Hunter's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Anheuser-Busch $1,600
Washington Beverage Association $1,600
Washington Bankers Association $1,600
Glacier Northwest $1,600
Washington Indian Gaming 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 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.[11]


Hunter proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $149.7 million, the 53rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[12]


Hunter and his wife, Tricie, have two children.

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