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Steve Tharinger
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Washington House Of Representatives District 24b
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
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Steve Tharinger is a Democratic member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 24b. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Tharinger earned his B.A. from Colorado College. He is a small business owner and Clallam County Commissioner. He is a member of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary and is a certified volunteer mediator with the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center.

Committee assignments


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

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Vice-chair
Health Care and Wellness


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



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Tharinger won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 24b. Tharinger was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Steve Gale (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Washington House of Representatives, District 24b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Tharinger Incumbent 58.4% 40,045
     Republican Steve Gale 41.6% 28,470
Total Votes 68,515


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Steve Tharinger was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 24b. He defeated John Dwyer and Larry Carter in the August 17, 2010 primary. He also defeated Republican Jim McEntire in the November 2, 2010 general election.[3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 24b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Tharinger (D) 32,300
Jim McEntire (R) 29,427
Washington House of Representatives, District 24b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Tharinger (D) 15,940 37.66%
Green check mark transparent.png Jim McEntire (R) 15,852 37.46%
John (Jack) Dwyer (D) 6,128 14.48%
Larry Carter (R) 4,402 10.40%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[4]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Tharinger was up for election, he collected $146,301 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Washington House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Tharinger's campaign in 2010
House Democratic Campaign Committee$56,134
Jefferson County Democratic Central Cmte$5,700
24 Legislative Democratic Central Cmte$4,000
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association$1,600
Western Washington Trial Lawyers For Victims Rights$1,600
Total Raised in 2010 $146,301


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. [6]


Tharinger proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $9.15 billion, the 3rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[7]


Tharinger lives in Sequim with his wife, Yvonne.

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Preceded by
Lynn Kessler (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 24b
Succeeded by