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Steve Hobbs, Washington Senator

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Steve Hobbs
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Washington State Senate District 44
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sEverett Community College, 1992
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington, 1994
Military service
Service/branchWashington Army National Guard
Years of service2005-Present
Service branchUnited States Army
Years of service1996-2005
ProfessionFacilities Manager, University of Washington
Office website
Steve Hobbs is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.[1] He ran for U.S. House in 2012.


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.[2]

Committee assignments


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:



See also: Washington's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Hobbs ran for U.S. House representing Washington's 1st district.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6][7]

Washington State Senate, District 44 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Hobbs (D) 30,441 50.78%
Dave Schmidt (R) 29,505 49.22%
Washington State Senate, District 44 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Schmidt (R) 11,119 36.30%
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[8]

Washington State Senate, District 44 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png 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).[9]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Hobbs received $309,222 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.[10]

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
Waste Management$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $309,222


In 2006, Hobbs collected $156,413 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [11]

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE $15,450
Steve Hobbs $8,143
44th District Democrats $7,500
Washington State Democratic Party $4,525


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. [12]


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.[13]


Hobbs and his wife Pam have three children.

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