|Washington House Of Representatives District 48a|
|2003 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Yale University, 1983|
|Profession||Business management (retired)|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Ways & Means, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hunter served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Education Appropriations|
|• Finance, Chair|
|• Ways & Means|
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, 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.
Hunter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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."
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.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 48a, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ross Hunter Incumbent||69.3%||39,362|
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.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 48a General Election (2010)|
|Ross Hunter (D)||24,981|
|Diane Tebelius (R)||21,283|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 48a Primary (2010)|
|Ross Hunter (D)||14,142||54.96%|
|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).
|Washington House of Representatives, District 48(2008)|
|Ross Hunter (D)||32,586||64.32%|
|Charles A. Lapp (R)||18,074||35.68%|
Comprehensive donor information for Hunter is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunter raised a total of $1,121,015 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.
|Ross Hunter's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 48||$161,145|
|2010||Washington State House, District 48||$212,312|
|2008||Washington State House, District 48||$141,588|
|2006||Washington State House, District 48||$147,172|
|2004||Washington State House, District 48||$232,685|
|2002||Washington State House, District 48||$226,113|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,121,015|
2012Hunter won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $161,145.
|Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ross Hunter's campaign in 2012|
|Washington State Medical Association||$1,800|
|Puget Sound Energy||$1,800|
|Credit Union Legislative Action Fund||$1,800|
|Washington Society Of Certified Public Accountants||$1,800|
|Washington Refuse & Recycling Association||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$161,145|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Hunter was up for re-election, he collected $212,312 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ross Hunter's campaign in 2010|
|House Democratic Campaign Committee||$18,298|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$2,400|
|Naiop Washington State Chapter||$1,600|
|Poole, William V||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$212,312|
Listed below are the five largest contributors to Ross Hunter's 2008 campaign.
|Washington Beverage Association||$1,600|
|Washington Bankers Association||$1,600|
|Washington Indian Gaming Association||$1,600|
- 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.
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.
The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Hunter voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Ross Hunter|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Hunter and his wife, Tricie, have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Ross + Hunter + Washington + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Ross Hunter's campaign website
- Washington House of Representatives - Rep. Hunter
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Ross Hunter on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Hunter
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed September 26, 2011
- Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
- "rosshunter," Official Campaign Website
- C-SPAN, "AP Election Results - Washington State House of Representatives," accessed August 7, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," retrieved July 16, 2012
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington State Election Results
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission "Contribution Limits"
- Follow the Money, "Hunter, Ross A," accessed September 30, 2013
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state representatives by proposed new taxes and fees
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
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