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Steve O'Ban

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Steve O'Ban
Steve O'Ban.jpg
In office
June 5, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives, District 28a
January 14, 2013 - June 5, 2013
Office website
Campaign website
Steve O'Ban is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 28. He was first appointed to the chamber in on June 5, 2013.[1][2]

Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Ban served on the following House committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Financial Services


Campaign themes


O'Ban's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Help Small Businesses Create Jobs

  • Excerpt:"Our state government must lighten the regulatory and tax burdens on small businesses to help them create jobs and get our neighbors and friends back to work. I have been a small business owner for 17 years and help small businesses solve their legal problems and protect all that they have worked and sacrificed for."

Support Great Teachers and Innovative Learning

  • Excerpt:"We need to support great teachers and pay them well. I also am representing parents seeking to restore deep cuts to their children’s innovative public school programs."

Support the Men and Women Serving Us in the Military

  • Excerpt:"I will do everything in my power to support our brave warriors and their families."

Keep Our Communities Safe

  • Excerpt:"I will do everything in my power to support our local police officers and enact tougher laws that they need to keep our neighborhoods safe."

Ease the Chokepoints on our Roads

  • Excerpt:"Our roads are vital arteries of commerce. Unless we fix the major chokepoints on your highways, for example the stretch of I-5 along Joint Base Lewis and McCord, we jeopardize our economic welfare. I will work to devote more transportation dollars to increasing mobility on our roads."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

O'Ban won election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 28a. O'Ban advanced past the August 7 blanket primary election and defeated Eric Choiniere (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 28a, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve O'Ban 55.1% 29,963
     Democratic Eric Choiniere 44.9% 24,457
Total Votes 54,420
Washington State House of Representatives, District 28a Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve O'Ban 46.5% 12,375
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Choiniere 42.8% 11,391
     Republican Ken Campbell 10.6% 2,826
Total Votes 26,592


Steve O'Ban being sworn in as a state senator on June 5, 2013.
See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Steve O'Ban ran for the Washington State House of Representatives District 28. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. He was defeated by Democrat Troy Kelley in the November 2, 2010 general election.[6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 28a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Troy Kelley (D) 12,056 50.26%
Green check mark transparent.png Steve O'Ban (R) 11,932 49.74%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[7]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


O'Ban and his wife, Laurie, have two children.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Carrell (R)
Washington State Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Troy Kelley (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 28
January 14, 2013–June 5, 2013
Succeeded by