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Steve Conway
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Washington State Senate District 29
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 22
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Portland, 1966
Master'sUniversity of Oregon, 1969
Ph.D.University of Oregon, 1979
Date of birthOctober 5, 1944
Place of birthOntario, OR
Office website
Steve Conway (b. October 5, 1944) is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Previously, he represented District 29 of the Washington State House of Representatives for 18 years.


Conway holds a PhD in History from the University of Oregon. He received his MA in History from the University of Oregon and earned his BA in History from the University of Portland. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Conway is a retired business agent for Local 81, United Food and Commercial Worker's Union. He has been an instructor for the University of Oregon, visiting professor for Pacific Lutheran University and a labor educator at the Bates Vocational Technical Institute. He also was a coordinator for the Dislocated Worker Program of the United Way of Pierce County.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce & Labor
Governmental Operations
Ways & Means


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



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Steve Conway was elected to Washington State Senate District 29, vacated by Rosa Franklin, who is retired.[2][3]

Washington State Senate, District 29 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Conway (D) 16,987 63.38%
Terry Harder (R) 9,813 36.62%

Marty McClendon ran for the Washington State Senate District Seat 29. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 17, 2010. He defeated Terry Harder (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Washington State Senate, District 29 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Conway (D) 7,550 56.94%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Steve Conway won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 29 receiving 70.01% of the vote (24,672 votes), defeating Republican Steven T. Cook who received 29.99% of the vote (10,568 votes).[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 29(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Conway (D) 24,672 70.01%
Steven T. Cook (R) 10,568 29.99%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Conway received $99,414 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[6]

Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Conway's campaign in 2010
Citizen To Elect Steve Conway$9,800
Washington Indian Gaming Association$2,400
Washington Health Care Association$2,400
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association$2,400
Total Raised in 2010 $99,414


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Steve Conway's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Washington Credit Union League $1,600
Washington State Auto Dealers Association $1,600
Operating Engineers Local 302 $1,600
Washington Indian Gaming Association $1,600
Washington State Dental 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. [7]


Conway proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $2.02 billion, the 6th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[8]


Conway and his wife, Georgia, have two sons and one granddaughter.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rosa Franklin
Washington State Senate District 29
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 29
Succeeded by
Connie Ladenburg