Washington House of Representatives

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Washington House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Frank Chopp, (D)
Majority Leader:   Pat Sullivan, (D)
Minority Leader:   Richard DeBolt, (R)
Members:  98
   Democratic Party (51)
Republican Party (47)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art II, Washington Constitution
Salary:   $42,106/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (98 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (98 seats)
Redistricting:   Washington State Redistricting Commission
The Washington State House of Representatives is the lower house of the Washington State Legislature, the state legislature of Washington. A total of 98 members serve in the lower house of the Washington State Legislature and meet at the State Capitol in Olympia. Each member represents an average of 68,618 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 60,144 residents.[2] Each district has two House members for each senate district being denoted as "1A" or "1B" for example. Representatives serve a two-year term.

The legislature is a part-time citizen legislature that meets annually on the second Monday. In odd-numbered years, the budget year the Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. If necessary, the Governor can call legislators in for a special session for a 30-day period. Legislators can call themselves into special session with a two-thirds vote of the two bodies[3].


Article II of the Washington Constitution establishes when the Washington State Legislature, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Section 12 of Article II allows the dates of regular sessions to be determined by statute. Section 12 limits the length of regular sessions to 105 days in odd-numbered years and 60 days in even-numbered years.

Section 12 also establishes rules for convening special sessions of the Legislature. It states that special sessions can be called by the Governor of Washington or by resolution of two-thirds of the members of each legislative house. Special sessions are not to exceed 30 days in length.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 14 through April 28.

Major issues

The budget remains the most pressing issue for the state. Other agenda items include marijuana, child sex abuse, gun control, wolves, small businesses, human trafficking, and healthcare.[4]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 9 through March 8.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 10 through April 24. [5]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in regular session from January 11 to March 11. Additionally, the Legislature was in special session from March 15 to April 12 to deal with issues related to the economy and the state budget.[6][7]



See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives will be held in Washington on November 6, 2012. All 98 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in the elections was June 8, 2012. The primary election day was August 7, 2012.


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 11, 2010. The primary election day was August 17, 2010. The enactment of Initiative 872 in 2004 means that in the August 17 primary, the top two vote-getting candidates in each primary contest, regardless of party, moved on to the final November 2 vote.

Washington State Representatives serve a two-year term and are not subject to term limits. All members are up for election on even years. Of the 98 seats up for re-election, incumbents ran in 81 of them.

The partisan breakdown of the House before and after the election was as follows:

Washington House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 61 57
     Republican Party 37 41
Total 98 98

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $15,999,632 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [8]


Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the House, the Board of County Commissioners where the vacant seat is located has the responsibility to select a replacement. The state central committee of the political party that last held the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Board of County Commissioners representing the vacant district. A selection must be made within 60 days after the vacancy happened[9].


See also: Redistricting in Washington

Legislative redistricting in Washington has been handled by the Washington State Redistricting Commission since 1983. The majority and minority leaders of the state House and Senate each appoint one member, and collectively select a non-voting chairperson. If they cannot agree on the chair, the judgepedia:Washington Supreme Court decides. The Governor does not hold veto power, and the Legislature can only make changes by two-thirds vote.

2010 census

Washington received its local census data on February 23, 2011. The state increased in population by 14.1 percent from 2000 to 2010. The major outlier was Franklin County, which jumped 58.4 percent. As far as the most populous cities, Seattle grew by 8.0 percent, Spokane grew by 6.8 percent, Tacoma grew by 2.5 percent, Vancouver grew by 12.7 percent, and Bellevue grew by 11.7 percent.[10]

The Commission released first draft maps on September 13, 2011. For the third time in a row, the Commission went down to the wire in agreeing on new legislative districts, finishing two hours and five minutes before New Year's Day 2012, at which point the Washington Supreme Court would have taken over. The Commission had mainly been concerned with the eastern districts and how to distribute Yakima Hispanics. The Legislature followed with tweaks, approving the final maps on January 27, 2012.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 51
     Republican Party 47
Total 98


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, members of the Washington House of Representatives are paid $42,106/year. Legislators receive $90/day per diem.[11]

The $42,106/year that Washington representatives are paid as of 2010 is an increase over the $36,311/year they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem is the same.[12]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Washington legislators assume office the first day of session.


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [13][14]

This image shows the state capitol under construction in the 1920s.

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Washington House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore James Moeller Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Tina Orwall Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Caucus Leader Eric Pettigrew Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Kevin Van De Wege Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Whip Joe Fitzgibbon Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Drew Hansen Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Sharon Wylie Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Cindy Ryu Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Floor Leader Tami Green Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Floor Leader for Education & Opportunity Marcie Maxwell Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Floor Leader for Jobs & Economic Development Larry Springer Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader Kristine Lytton Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt Ends.png Republican
State House Deputy Minority Leader Joel Kretz Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Caucus Leader Dan Kristiansen Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Paul Harris Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Floor Leader J.T. Wilcox Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Caucus Vice Chair Shelly Short Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader Liz Pike Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader Matthew Shea Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Elizabeth Scott Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Drew MacEwen Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Jeff Holy Ends.png Republican

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Derek Stanford Electiondot.png Democratic Mountlake Terrace
1 Luis Moscoso Electiondot.png Democratic Bothell
2 Gary Alexander Ends.png Republican Olympia
2 J.T. Wilcox Ends.png Republican Roy
3 Marcus Riccelli Electiondot.png Democratic Spokane
3 Timm Ormsby Electiondot.png Democratic Spokane
4 Larry Crouse Ends.png Republican Spokane
4 Matthew Shea Ends.png Republican Spokane
5 Jay Rodne Ends.png Republican Snoqualmie
5 Chad Magendanz Ends.png Republican Issaquah
6 Kevin Parker Ends.png Republican Spokane
6 Jeff Holy Ends.png Republican Cheney
7 Shelly Short Ends.png Republican Addy
7 Joel Kretz Ends.png Republican Wauconda
8 Brad Klippert Ends.png Republican Kennewick
8 Larry Haler Ends.png Republican Richland
9 Susan Fagan Ends.png Republican Colfax
9 Joe Schmick Ends.png Republican Colfax
10 Norma Smith Ends.png Republican Clinton
10 Dave Hayes Ends.png Republican Camano Island
11 Zack Hudgins Electiondot.png Democratic Tukwila
11 Steve Bergquist Electiondot.png Democratic Renton
12 Cary Condotta Ends.png Republican East Wenatchee
12 Brad Hawkins Ends.png Republican East Wenatchee
13 Judith Warnick Ends.png Republican Moses Lake
13 Matt Manweller Ends.png Republican Ellensburg
14 Norm Johnson Ends.png Republican Yamika
14 Charles Ross Ends.png Republican Naches
15 Bruce Chandler Ends.png Republican Granger
15 David Taylor Ends.png Republican Moxee
16 Maureen Walsh Ends.png Republican College Place
16 Terry Nealey Ends.png Republican Dayton
17 Monica Stonier Electiondot.png Democratic Vancouver
17 Paul Harris Ends.png Republican Vancouver
18 Brandon Vick Ends.png Republican Felida
18 Liz Pike Ends.png Republican Camas
19 Dean Takko Electiondot.png Democratic Longview
19 Brian Blake Electiondot.png Democratic Aberdeen
20 Richard DeBolt Ends.png Republican Chehalis
20 Ed Orcutt Ends.png Republican Kalama
21 Mary Helen Roberts Electiondot.png Democratic Lynnwood
21 Marko Liias Electiondot.png Democratic Mukilteo
22 Chris Reykdal Electiondot.png Democratic Olympia
22 Sam Hunt Electiondot.png Democratic Olympia
23 Sherry Appleton Electiondot.png Democratic Poulsbo
23 Drew Hansen Electiondot.png Democratic Bainbridge Island
24 Kevin Van De Wege Electiondot.png Democratic Sequim
24 Steve Tharinger Electiondot.png Democratic Hoquiam
25 Dawn Morrell Electiondot.png Democratic Puyallup
25 Hans Zeiger Ends.png Republican Puyallup
26 Jan Angel Ends.png Republican Port Orchard
26 Larry Seaquist Electiondot.png Democratic Gig Harbor
27 Laurie Jinkins Electiondot.png Democratic Tacoma
27 Jake Fey Electiondot.png Democratic Tacoma
28 Steve O'Ban Ends.png Republican Pierce County
28 Tami Green Electiondot.png Democratic Lakewood
29 David Sawyer Electiondot.png Democratic Tacoma
29 Steve Kirby Electiondot.png Democratic Tacoma
30 Linda Kochmar Ends.png Republican Federal Way
30 Roger Freeman Electiondot.png Democratic Federal Way
31 Cathy Dahlquist Ends.png Republican Bonney Lake
31 Christopher Hurst Electiondot.png Democratic Enumclaw
32 Cindy Ryu Electiondot.png Democratic Edmonds
32 Ruth Kagi Electiondot.png Democratic Lake Forest
33 Tina Orwall Electiondot.png Democratic Des Moines
33 Dave Upthegrove Electiondot.png Democratic Des Moines
34 Eileen Cody Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
34 Joe Fitzgibbon Electiondot.png Democratic Burien
35 Kathy Haigh Electiondot.png Democratic Shelton
35 Drew MacEwen Ends.png Republican Union
36 Reuven Carlyle Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
36 Gael Tarleton Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
37 Sharon Tomiko Santos Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
37 Eric Pettigrew Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
38 John McCoy Electiondot.png Democratic Tulalip
38 Mike Sells Electiondot.png Democratic Everett
39 Dan Kristiansen Ends.png Republican Snohomish
39 Elizabeth Scott Ends.png Republican Monroe
40 Kristine Lytton Electiondot.png Democratic Mount Vernon
40 Jeff Morris Electiondot.png Democratic Guemes Island
41 Marcie Maxwell Electiondot.png Democratic Renton
41 Judy Clibborn Electiondot.png Democratic Mercer Island
42 Jason Overstreet Ends.png Republican Ferndale
42 Vincent Buys Ends.png Republican Bellingham
43 Jamie Pedersen Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
43 Frank Chopp Electiondot.png Democratic Wallingford
44 Hans Dunshee Electiondot.png Democratic Snohomish
44 Mike Hope Ends.png Republican Snohomish
45 Roger Goodman Electiondot.png Democratic Kirkland
45 Larry Springer Electiondot.png Democratic Kirkland
46 Gerry Pollet Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
46 Jessyn Farrell Electiondot.png Democratic Seattle
47 Mark Hargrove Ends.png Republican Covington
47 Pat Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic Covington
48 Ross Hunter Electiondot.png Democratic Bellevue
48 Cyrus Habib Electiondot.png Democratic Kirkland
49 Sharon Wylie Electiondot.png Democratic Vancouver
49 James Moeller Electiondot.png Democratic Vancouver

Standing committees

The Washington State House has 21 standing committees:

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