|Washington House Of Representatives District 22b|
|2001 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|City Council Member, Pasco|
|1969 - 1974|
|Bachelor's||Washington State University, 1967|
|Date of birth||12/09/1942|
|Place of birth||Billings, MT|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Hunt earned his B.A. 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.
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:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• State Government and Tribal Affairs, Chair|
|• Ways & Means|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hunt served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• State Government and Tribal Affairs, Chair|
|• Ways & Means|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 22b General Election (2010)|
|Sam Hunt (D)||39,261|
|Chris Ward (I)||15,351|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 22b Primary (2010)|
|Sam Hunt (D)||20,559||63.19%|
|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).
|Washington House of Representatives, District 22(2008)|
|Sam Hunt (D)||46,440||70.50%|
|Don Crawford (R)||19,435||29.50%|
In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.
Comprehensive donor information for Hunt is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunt raised a total of $438,212 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.
|Sam Hunt's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 22||$65,179|
|2010||Washington State House, District 22||$59,517|
|2008||Washington State House, District 22||$72,925|
|2006||Washington State House, District 22||$82,433|
|2004||Washington State House, District 22||$43,677|
|2002||Washington State House, District 22||$45,051|
|2000||Washington State House, District 22||$69,430|
|Grand Total Raised||$438,212|
2012Hunt won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunt raised a total of $65,179.
|Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sam Hunt's campaign in 2012|
|Washington Beverage Association||$1,800|
|Washington Health Care Association||$1,800|
|Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$1,800|
|Washington State Dental Association||$1,800|
|Swinomish Tribal Community||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$65,179|
|Source: Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Hunt was up for re-election, he collected $59,517 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sam Hunt's campaign in 2010|
|Washington Federation Of State Employees||$1,600|
|Muckleshoot Indian Tribe||$1,600|
|Nisqually Indian Tribe||$1,600|
|Washington Credit Union League||$1,600|
|Washington Indian Gaming Association||$1,600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$59,517|
Listed below are the five largest contributors to Sam Hunt's 2008 campaign.
|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|
- 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.
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.
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 Hunt voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Sam Hunt|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Hunt and his wife, Charlene, have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Sam + Hunt + Washington + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Representative Sam Hunt's official House webpage
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- How Pierce County votes is for county to decide
- Legislature holds public hearing on open government bill
- Port debacle helps drive open-government measure
- 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, "Hunt, Samuel W," 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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