Washington State Auditor

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The Washington State Auditor is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.

The auditor is an advocate for government accountability, auditing financial information at all levels of state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Brian Sonntag (D). He has served in this position since 1993.


Article 3 of the state constitution establishes the state's executive offices.

Article III, Section 2:

Executive Department. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.


Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington


In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects their state executives in presidential years (2012, 2016, and 2020).


See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Troy Kelley (D) defeated James Watkins (R) for the open seat of Washington State Auditor in the general election on November 6, 2012.

  • 2012 General Election Results for Washington Auditor
Washington State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTroy Kelley 52.9% 1,512,620
     Republican James Watkins 47.1% 1,344,137
Total Votes 2,856,757
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


As an advocate for government accountability, the state auditor audits financial information in compliance with state, federal and local laws. The office audits all local governments, including schools, and Allstate agencies, including institutions of higher education The office is also responsible for special investigations of fraud whistleblower cases.[1]


Article III, Section 20 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the auditor at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it. In 2010, the auditor was paid an estimated $116,950, according to the Council of State Governments.[2]

Contact information

Washington State Auditor
Insurance Building
Capitol Campus
302 Sid Snyder Avenue SW
Olympia, Washington 98504-0021
Phone: (360) 902-0370
TDD Relay: (800) 833-6388

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