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Vincent Buys
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Washington House Of Representatives District 42b
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
Campaign website
Vincent Buys is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 42b. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


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.

Committee assignments


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:


Campaign themes


Buys's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

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."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 42b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Buys Incumbent 53.7% 34,967
     Democratic Matthew Krogh 46.3% 30,152
Total Votes 65,119


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[4]

Washington House of Representatives, District 42b General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vincent Buys (R) 30,608
Kelli Linville (D) 30,454
Washington House of Representatives, District 42b Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Vincent Buys (R) 18,460 51.89%
Green check mark transparent.png Kelli Linville (D) 17,116 48.11%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[5]

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.[6]

Vincent Buys's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State House, District 42 Won $78,536
2010 Washington State House, District 42 Won $114,621
Grand Total Raised $193,157


Buys 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.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
House Republican Organizational Committee $36,382
Washington State Republican Party $14,097
Whatcom County Republican Party $1,300
16 additional donors $800 each


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. [8]


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.[9]

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

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.[10] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd 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)Approveda Bill #5967 (House Democrats budget)Defeatedd Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


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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Political offices
Preceded by
Kelli Linville (D)
Washington House of Representatives District 42b
Succeeded by