Sharon Wylie

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Sharon Wylie
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Washington House Of Representatives District 49a
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedApril 13, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives District 22
1993 - 1997
Office website
Campaign website
Sharon Wylie is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 49. She was first appointed to the chamber on April 13, 2011. Beginning in the 2013 session, Wylie serves as Assistant Majority Whip. Wylie was initially appointed to fill the vacancy left due to Jim Jacks' resignation in March 2011. Wylie previously represented District 22 from 1993 to 1997.


Wylie studied Political Science at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and graduated in 1973. Wylie is also a graduate of Grossmont High, class of 1967.

Wylie began her career as a Tukwila city administrator in 1981. She was also a lobbyist in Olympia for nine years representing local governments.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Accountability and Oversight, Vice-chair
Higher Education
Technology and Economic Development


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wylie won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 49a. Wylie unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Debbie Peterson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 49a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Wylie Incumbent 60.2% 31,658
     Republican Debbie Peterson 39.8% 20,963
Total Votes 52,621

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[3]

Comprehensive donor information for Wylie is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Wylie raised a total of $226,091 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[4]

Sharon Wylie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 49 Won $60,306
2010 Washington State House, District 49 special election Won $165,785
Grand Total Raised $226,091


Wylie won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wylie raised a total of $60,306.


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.[5]


Wylie proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $3.01 billion, the 30th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[6]

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

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.[7] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Wylie voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 House Scorecard - Sharon Wylie
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Wylie resides in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Jacks (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 49
Succeeded by