|Washington House Of Representatives District 42b|
|2011 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Buys is the owner of Dutchman Construction, and previously worked for Intel and Horizon Air. He graduated from Bellingham Technical College with an A.A.S. in electronic technologies and electronics.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Buys served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|• Government Operations and Elections|
|• Local Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Buys served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|• Business and Financial Services|
|• Higher Education|
Buys's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Helping, Not Harming, Small Businesses
- Excerpt:"Our state government SHOULD be doing all it can to give relief to our small businesses. After all, it is the private sector that will lift us out of this recession."
A Budget We Can Pay For
- Excerpt:"We can write a state budget that funds our priorities without new taxes. With proper planning, we can craft a sustainable state budget that we can afford today AND in years to come."
Buys won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 42b. Buys was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Matthew Krogh (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 42b, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Vincent Buys Incumbent||53.7%||34,967|
Vincent Buys was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 42b. He ran unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election he defeated Democrat Kelli Linville.
|Washington House of Representatives, District 42b General Election (2010)|
|Vincent Buys (R)||30,608|
|Kelli Linville (D)||30,454|
|Washington House of Representatives, District 42b Primary (2010)|
|Vincent Buys (R)||18,460||51.89%|
|Kelli Linville (D)||17,116||48.11%|
Comprehensive donor information for Buys is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Buys raised a total of $193,157 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.
|Vincent Buys's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Washington State House, District 42||$78,536|
|2010||Washington State House, District 42||$114,621|
|Grand Total Raised||$193,157|
2012Buys won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Buys raised a total of $78,536.
|Washington House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Vincent Buys's campaign in 2012|
|Pacific International Terminals||$1,800|
|Premera Blue Cross||$1,800|
|National Rifle Association||$1,800|
|Building Industry Association Of Washington||$1,800|
|Farmers Insurance Group||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$78,536|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, when Buys first won election to the House, he collected $114,621 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|House Republican Organizational Committee||$36,382|
|Washington State Republican Party||$14,097|
|Whatcom County Republican Party||$1,300|
|16 additional donors||$800 each|
- 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. 
Buys proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $29.9 million, the 69th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues. A sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Buys voted on the specific pieces of legislation:
|2012 House Scorecard - Vincent Buys|
|Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)||Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)||Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)||Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)|
Buys grew up on a dairy farm outside of Lynden, WA. He is single, and involved with Starfish Ministries - a Washington-based organization that provides help to Haiti.
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- Vincent Buys on the Washington State House website
- Buys on the House Republicans website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Buys on Facebook
- Buys on Twitter
- "vincentbuys," Official Campaign Website
- C-SPAN, "AP Election Results - Washington State House of Representatives," accessed August 7, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," retrieved July 16, 2012
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission "Contribution Limits"
- Follow the Money, "Buys, Vincent K," accessed September 30, 2013
- Follow the Money.org candidate summary, Retrieved June 28, 2011
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state representatives by proposed new taxes and fees
- My Freedom Foundation, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
Kelli Linville (D)
|Washington House of Representatives District 42b
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