Steve Hobbs, Washington Senator
|Washington State Senate District 44|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Washington, 1994|
|Associate's||Everett Community College, 1992|
|Service/branch||Washington Army National Guard|
|Years of service||2005-Present|
|Service branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1996-2005|
|Profession||Facilities Manager, University of Washington|
Hobbs earned his AA from Everett Community College in 1992. He went on to receive his BA from the University of Washington Political Science in 1994. Hobbs served in the United States Army Reserves from 1987 to 1996. During these years he also worked in loss prevention for Sears. He then served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1996 to 2005. He began working as a facilities manager for the University of Washington and joined the United States Army National Guard in 2005. He has been working in these positions since. Hobbs is a member of the Army National Guard Reserve and served in Iraq and Kosovo.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hobbs served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development|
|• Financial Institutions & Insurance, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hobbs served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Early Learning & K-12 Education|
|• Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance, Chair|
|• Agriculture and Rural Economic Development|
Hobbs ran for U.S. House representing Washington's 1st district. He was seeking nomination as a Democrat and was defeated in the August 7 primary.
As of late July, polling had Republican John Koster leading his challengers, who were five Democrats and an independent. The same data showed Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene overtaking Darcy Burner for the second slot, thanks largely to a recent TV ad blitz from DelBene.
At a July event, the candidates had an opportunity to name their highest priority. Burner raised concerns about Super PACs and voiced support of the Affordable Care Act. DelBene said she would focus on job creation. Darshan Rauniyar and Steve Hobbs promised to bring a new face to politics. Laura Ruderman stressed greater health care access. The only Republican in the race, Koster emphasized the need for smaller government.
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010
Steve Hobbs was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 44 seat. He defeated Lillian Kaufer, Dave Schmidt and Ryan Ferrie in the August 17 primary. He defeated Republican Dave Schmidt in the November 2, 2010 general election.
|Washington State Senate, District 44 General Election (2010)|
|Steve Hobbs (D)||30,441||50.78%|
|Dave Schmidt (R)||29,505||49.22%|
|Washington State Senate, District 44 Primary (2010)|
|Dave Schmidt (R)||11,119||36.30%|
|Steve Hobbs (D)||10,972||35.82%|
|Lillian Kaufer (D)||4,430||14.46%|
|Ryan Ferrie (R)||4,110||13.42%|
In November 2006, Hobbs was re-elected for the 44th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 23,582 votes.
Hobbs raised $156,413 for his campaign.
|Washington State Senate, District 44 (2006)|
|Steve Hobbs (D)||23,582|
|David Schmidt (R)||21,518|
Hobbs was endorsed by the Seattle Times, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), the Snohomish County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (SCDSA), the King County Corrections Guild (KCCG), the national Fraternal Order of Police and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF).
In 2010, Hobbs received $309,222 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steve Hobbs, Washington Senator's campaign in 2010|
|Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte||$59,629|
|Snohomish County Democrats||$11,240|
|Washington Organization Of Vocational Educators||$1,900|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||$1,900|
|Total Raised in 2010||$309,222|
In 2006, Hobbs collected $156,413 in donations.
Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. 
|Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE||$15,450|
|44th District Democrats||$7,500|
|Washington State Democratic Party||$4,525|
- 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. 
Hobbs proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.27 billion, the 10th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
Hobbs and his wife Pam have three children.
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- Steve Hobbs on the Washington State Senate website
- Hobbs state-sponsored website
- Legislative profile of Hobbs on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Hobbs on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 1994
- Washington Votes profile of Hobbs
- 44th Legislative District
- Project Vote Smart - Sen. Hobbs
- Roll Call "Inslee Announcement Prompts More Democratic Interest," June 27, 2011
- Seattle Times "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," July 31, 2012
- Seattle Times "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington Legislature Official General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Hobbs' 2006 campaign contributions
- Steve Hobbs campaign website "Hobbs Endorsed by Fire Fighters, Fraternal Order of Police," July 2, 2012
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2006 contributors to Steve Hobbs
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
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