Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt
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Washington House Of Representatives District 22b
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 14
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
Prior offices
City Council Member, Pasco
1969 - 1974
Bachelor'sWashington State University, 1967
Date of birth12/09/1942
Place of birthBillings, MT
Office website
Sam Hunt (b. December 9, 1942) is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. Hunt is currently Majority Floor Leader.


Hunt earned his BA in Education from Washington State University in 1967. He also earned his Teaching Certificate from Washington State University. He then attended Graduate Studies at Washington State University and the University of Oregon in 1970.

Hunt has served as Governor Gardner's Special Assistant for K-12 Education and as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Information Services. From 1969 to 1974 he was a City Council Member in Pasco, Washington. He then served as Mayor Pro Tempore in Pasco, Washington from 1971 to 1974. Hunt served as a member of the North Thurston Public Schools Board in Lacey, Washington from 1995 to 2003.

Hunt was a classroom teacher for Washington Public School in Pascofrom 1967 to 1974. From 1974 to 1975, he was Federal Liaison to the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. He then worked as a staff member for the United States Senate Appropriations Committee from 1975 to 1981. Hunt worked for the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus from 1981 to 1983 as Assistant Staff Director. He then worked as Staff Director for the Washington State Senate Majority Leader from 1983 to 1988. He also worked for the Office of the Governor as Special Assistant for Education from 1987 to 1988. From 1987 to 1989, Hunt was a Political/Government Consultant for Jolene Unsoeld for Congress for several companies. He then returned to work as a public school teacher for the Montesano School District from 1988 to 1990. From 1990 to 2001, he worked for the Washington Department of Information Science as a Legislative Liaison.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations and Elections, Chair


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


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


Petition regulations

In 2008, Hunt pushed Washington House Bill 2601, which would have imposed aggressive new restrictions on petition circulators. The bill was defeated on February 20, 2008.

Mail-in ballot requirements

In 2008, Hunt sponsored HB 2833, a bill that would require all Washington counties to move to mail-in ballots, and not have poll voting. This led to an editorial rebuke from a Pierce County newspaper, since Pierce County wished to retain a local option of voting at the polls.[1]

Local government recording requirements

Hunt had expressed support for HB 3292, a bill which would require Washington's cities and counties to create an audio recording of all "closed-door" executive session meetings, but with the proviso that the bill would have been difficult to pass.[2],[3]



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hunt ran in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 22b. Hunt ran unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[4]


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sam Hunt was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 22b. He defeated Justin Kover in the August 17, 2010 primary. He defeated Independent Chris Ward (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 22b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Hunt (D) 39,261
Chris Ward (I) 15,351
Washington House of Representatives, District 22b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Hunt (D) 20,559 63.19%
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Ward 9,001 27.67%
Justin Kover (D) 2,975 9.14%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Sam Hunt won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 22 receiving 70.50% of the vote (46,440 votes), defeating Republican Don Crawford who received 29.50% of the vote (19,435 votes).[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 22(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Hunt (D) 46,440 70.50%
Don Crawford (R) 19,435 29.50%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Hunt was up for re-election, he collected $59,517 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Sam Hunt's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association $1,600
Harold Lemay Enterprises $1,600
Washington State Dental Association $1,600
Washington Federation of State Employees $1,600
State Employees Local 925 $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. [9]


Hunt proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.69 billion, the 39th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[10]


Hunt and his wife, Charlene, have two children.

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