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|Type = [[Upper house]]
 
|Type = [[Upper house]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|None]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|None]]
|Next session = [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions|January 14, 2013]]
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|Next session = [[Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions|January 13, 2014]]
 
|Website = [http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Pages/default.aspx Official Senate Page]
 
|Website = [http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Pages/default.aspx Official Senate Page]
 
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<!--Level 3-->
|Senate president = [[Brad Owen]], (D)
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|Senate president = {{State Senate President|State=Washington}}
|Majority leader = [[Rodney Tom]], (D)
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|Majority leader = [[Rodney Tom]] (MCC)
|Minority leader = [[Ed Murray]], (D)
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|Minority leader = [[Sharon Nelson]] (D)
 
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|Members = 49
 
|Members = 49
|Political groups = [[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Washington State Senate|State=Washington|Party=Democratic}}) <br>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Washington State Senate|State=Washington|Party=Republican}})<br>  
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|Political groups = <div>[[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Washington State Senate|State=Washington|Party=Democratic}})</div><div>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Washington State Senate|State=Washington|Party=Republican}})</div>Vacant (0)
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state senators|4 years]]
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state senators|4 years]]
 
|Authority = [[Article II, Washington State Constitution#Section 2|Art II, Section 2, Washington Constitution]]
 
|Authority = [[Article II, Washington State Constitution#Section 2|Art II, Section 2, Washington Constitution]]
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|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Washington |Washington State Redistricting Commission]]
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Washington |Washington State Redistricting Commission]]
 
|Building = Dome GS-842-26.jpg|Washington Capitol in Olympia
 
|Building = Dome GS-842-26.jpg|Washington Capitol in Olympia
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Washington State Senate''' is the [[upper house]] of the [[Washington State Legislature]]. It includes 49 senators. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators| 137,236 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented [[Population represented by state legislators| 120,288 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Washington State Senate''' is the [[upper house]] of the [[Washington State Legislature]]. It includes 49 senators. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators| 137,236 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-01.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states, accessed November 22, 2013]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented [[Population represented by state legislators| 120,288 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau,'' "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
The Washington state senators have no [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]].  Senatorial terms last [[Length of terms of state senators|four years]]. Senators are elected from the same legislative districts as are members of the [[Washington State House of Representatives]].  Each district elects two representatives but only one senator.
 
The Washington state senators have no [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]].  Senatorial terms last [[Length of terms of state senators|four years]]. Senators are elected from the same legislative districts as are members of the [[Washington State House of Representatives]].  Each district elects two representatives but only one senator.
  
{{State trifecta status|state=Washington|control=Democratic}}
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{{State trifecta status|state=Washington|control=None}}
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Democrats have de-Jure control of the chamber, but Republicans have de-facto control because two Democrats caucus with Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC).
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==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article II, Washington State Constitution| Article II of the Washington Constitution]] establishes when the [[Washington State Legislature]], of which the Senate 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.
 
[[Article II, Washington State Constitution| Article II of the Washington Constitution]] establishes when the [[Washington State Legislature]], of which the Senate 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.
 
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.
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===2014===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 14.
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====Major issues====
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Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included a court-mandated $5 billion education funding package, transportation funding through a gas tax increase and climate change proposals.<ref>[http://washingtonstatewire.com/blog/session-set-to-open-in-bizarro-world-supreme-court-decision-turns-everything-upside-down/ ''washingtonstatewire.com'', "Session Set to Open in ‘Bizarro World’ – Supreme Court Decision Turns Everything Upside Down," January 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2013===
 
===2013===
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===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 10 through April 24. <ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=21346 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL]</ref>
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In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 10 through April 24.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=21346 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Ethics and transparency==
 
==Ethics and transparency==
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===Following the Money report===
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{{Following the Money 2014 Report by State|State=Washington|Grade=B|Score=85|Level=Advancing}}
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===Missed Votes Report===
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::''See also: [[Washington House of Representatives]]''
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In March 2014, ''Washington Votes'', the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.<ref name="missing">[http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/press/press-releases/2014-missed-votes-report-legislators-released ''Washington Policy Center'' "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014]</ref> The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the [[Washington House of Representatives|State House]] and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.<ref name="missing" />
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:750px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="5" align="center" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Missed votes of Washington Senate legislators (2014)
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|-
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Legislator
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Legislative district
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Missed votes
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! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Total roll calls
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|-
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| [[Jan Angel]]||Port Orchard||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1092
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|-
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| [[Barbara Bailey]]||Oak Harbor||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Michael Baumgartner]]||Spokane||{{red dot}} ||97 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Randi Becker]]||Eatonville||{{red dot}} ||1 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Don Benton]]||Vancouver||{{red dot}} ||8 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Andy Billig]]||Spokane||{{blue dot}} ||2 ||1017
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|-
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| [[John Braun]]||Centralia||{{red dot}} ||2 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Sharon Brown]]||Kennewick||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1009
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|-
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| [[Mike Carrell]]||Lakewood||{{red dot}} ||300 ||577
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|-
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| [[Maralyn Chase]]||Shoreline||{{blue dot}} ||8 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Annette Cleveland]]||Vancouver||{{blue dot}} ||39 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Steve Conway]]||South Tacoma||{{blue dot}} ||6 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Bruce Dammeier]]||Puyallup||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Brian Dansel]]||Colville||{{red dot}} ||2 ||396
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|-
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| [[Jeannie Darneille]]||Tacoma||{{blue dot}} ||6 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Jerome Delvin]]||||{{red dot}} ||0 ||8
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|-
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| [[Tracey Eide]]||Federal Way||{{blue dot}} ||65 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Doug Ericksen]]||Ferndale||{{red dot}} ||10 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Joe Fain]]||Auburn||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Karen Fraser]]||Olympia||{{blue dot}} ||5 ||1017
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|-
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| [[David Frockt]]||Seattle||{{blue dot}} ||19 ||1017
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|-
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| [[James Hargrove]]||Hoquiam||{{blue dot}} ||24 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Nick Harper]]||Everett||{{blue dot}} ||17 ||621
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|-
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| [[Bob Hasegawa]]||Renton||{{blue dot}} ||6 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Brian Hatfield]]||Raymond||{{blue dot}} ||6 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Mike Hewitt]]||Walla Walla||{{red dot}} ||7 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Andy Hill]]||Redmond||{{red dot}} ||1 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Steve Hobbs]]||Lake Stevens||{{blue dot}} ||18 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Janéa Holmquist Newbry]]||Moses Lake||{{red dot}} ||14 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Jim Honeyford]]||Sunnyside||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Karen Keiser]]||Kent||{{blue dot}} ||4 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Curtis King]]||Yakima||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Adam Kline]]||Seattle||{{blue dot}} ||75 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Jeanne Kohl-Welles]]||Seattle||{{blue dot}} ||7 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Marko Liias]]||Mukilteo||{{blue dot}} ||32 ||1095
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|-
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| [[Steve Litzow]]||Bellevue||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Rosemary McAuliffe]]||Bothell||{{blue dot}} ||15 ||1017
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|-
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| [[John McCoy]]||Tulalip||{{blue dot}} ||36 ||1092
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|-
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| [[Mark Mullet]]||Issaquah||{{blue dot}} ||19 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Ed Murray]]||Seattle||{{blue dot}} ||31 ||621
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|-
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| [[Sharon Nelson]]||Seattle||{{blue dot}} ||48 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Steve O'Ban]]||Pierce County||{{red dot}} ||1 ||1078
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|-
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| [[Mike Padden]]||Spokane Valley||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Linda Evans Parlette]]||Wenatchee||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Kirk Pearson]]||Monroe||{{red dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Jamie Pedersen]]||Seattle||{{blue dot}} ||6 ||1092
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|-
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| [[Kevin Ranker]]||Orcas Island||{{blue dot}} ||41 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Ann Rivers]]||La Center||{{red dot}} ||2 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Pam Roach]]||Auburn||{{red dot}} ||6 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Christine Rolfes]]||Bainbridge Island||{{blue dot}} ||3 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Nathan Schlicher]]||Gig Harbor||{{blue dot}} ||2 ||619
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|-
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| [[Mark Schoesler]]||Ritzville||{{red dot}} ||2 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Tim Sheldon]]||Potlach||{{blue dot}} ||0 ||1017
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|-
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| [[Paull Shin]]||Edmonds||{{blue dot}} ||110 ||621
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|-
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| [[John Smith]]||Colville ||{{red dot}} ||0 ||621
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|-
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| [[Rodney Tom]]||Bellevue||{{blue dot}} ||1 ||1017
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|}
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===Open States Transparency===
 
===Open States Transparency===
 
{{Transparency card|State=Washington|Grade=A}}
 
{{Transparency card|State=Washington|Grade=A}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2014]]''
  
===2012===
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{{WA Senate 2014}}
  
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===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
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The [[Primary election dates in 2010|signature-filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 11, 2010. The primary election day was August 17, 2010.
 
The [[Primary election dates in 2010|signature-filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 11, 2010. The primary election day was August 17, 2010.
  
In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $7,259,812 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Washington Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $7,259,812 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Washington Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
  
 
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
 
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| align="right" | $31,200
 
| align="right" | $31,200
  
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|}
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===2008===
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: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2008]]''
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Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 19, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.
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During the 2008 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $6,822,733. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2008&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Washington 2008 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2008 Donors, Washington State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington
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| Align="Right" | $343,472
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|-
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| Washington State Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $238,525
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|-
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| Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Washington
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| Align="Right" | $211,320
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|-
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| Washington State Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $125,536
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|-
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| Washington State Dental Association
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| Align="Right" | $42,000
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|-
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| Washington Beverage Association
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| Align="Right" | $36,900
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|-
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| Shannon, Ted
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| Align="Right" | $35,987
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|-
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| Pierce County Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $33,879
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|-
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| Holland America Line
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| Align="Right" | $32,800
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|-
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| Washington Federation Of State Employees
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| Align="Right" | $32,200
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|}
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===2006===
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: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2006]]''
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Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 19, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.
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During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $7,241,049. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2006&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Washington 2006 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2006 Donors, Washington State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte
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| Align="Right" | $351,479
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|-
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| Washington State Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $274,726
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|-
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| Senate Republican Campaign Cmte/SRCC
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| Align="Right" | $252,418
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|-
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| Oemig, Eric W
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| Align="Right" | $70,871
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|-
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| Marr, Christopher J
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| Align="Right" | $68,819
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|-
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| Benson Surplus Account, Brad
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| Align="Right" | $45,000
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|-
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| Washington Health Care Association
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| Align="Right" | $44,650
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|-
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| Washington State Dental Association
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| Align="Right" | $32,775
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|-
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| Washington Bankers Association
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| Align="Right" | $31,600
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|-
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| Tom, Rodney
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| Align="Right" | $30,400
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|}
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===2004===
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: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2004]]''
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Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.
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During the 2004 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $6,993,740. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2004&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Washington 2004 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2004 Donors, Washington State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Washington State Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $384,148
 +
|-
 +
| Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington
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| Align="Right" | $351,039
 +
|-
 +
| Washington State Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $199,192
 +
|-
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| Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Washington
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| Align="Right" | $171,931
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|-
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| Weinstein, Brian D
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| Align="Right" | $59,456
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|-
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| Washington Restaurant Association
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| Align="Right" | $33,625
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|-
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| Washington State Auto Dealers Association
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| Align="Right" | $32,125
 +
|-
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| Washington State Dental Association
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| Align="Right" | $31,575
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|-
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| Puget Sound Energy
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| Align="Right" | $29,800
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|-
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| Pemco Mutual Insurance
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| Align="Right" | $28,800
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|}
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===2002===
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: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2002]]''
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Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 17, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.
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During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,496,407. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2002&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Washington 2002 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2002 Donors, Washington State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Washington State Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $355,369
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|-
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| Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Washington
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| Align="Right" | $300,541
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|-
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| Washington State Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $152,655
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|-
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| Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Washington
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| Align="Right" | $130,962
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|-
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| Public School Employees Of Washington Local 1948
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| Align="Right" | $26,525
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|-
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| AT&T
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| Align="Right" | $23,100
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|-
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| Washington Society Of CPAs
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| Align="Right" | $21,625
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|-
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| Washington State Dental Association
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| Align="Right" | $21,275
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|-
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| Roosevelt Fund
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| Align="Right" | $21,250
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|-
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| 42nd Leg District Democrats
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| Align="Right" | $21,000
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|}
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===2000===
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: ''See also: [[Washington State Senate elections, 2000]]''
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 +
Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 19, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.
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 +
During the 2000 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,339,111. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WA&y=2000&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Washington 2000 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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 +
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2000 Donors, Washington State Senate
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|-
 +
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
 +
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte
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| Align="Right" | $257,475
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|-
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| Washington State Democratic Party
 +
| Align="Right" | $195,848
 +
|-
 +
| Washington State Republican Party
 +
| Align="Right" | $172,609
 +
|-
 +
| Senate Republican Camp Cmte
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| Align="Right" | $166,599
 +
|-
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| Clark County Democratic Central Cmte
 +
| Align="Right" | $34,295
 +
|-
 +
| Washington State Auto Dealers
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| Align="Right" | $28,375
 +
|-
 +
| Public School Employees Of Washington Local 1948
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| Align="Right" | $24,300
 +
|-
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| Washington Federation Of State Employees
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| Washington Education Association
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| Washington Restaurant Association
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:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
 
:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
  
If there is a vacancy in the Senate, 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<ref>[http://www.leg.wa.gov/lawsandagencyrules/pages/constitution.aspx ''Washington Legislature'' "Washington Constitution"](Referenced Section Article II, Section XV)</ref>.
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If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.<ref>[http://www.leg.wa.gov/lawsandagencyrules/pages/constitution.aspx ''Washington Legislature'', "Washington Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Section Article II, Section XV)</ref>
  
 
==Redistricting==
 
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===2010 census===
 
===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.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn45.html ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Washington's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting," February 23, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2012.]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn45.html ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Washington's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting," February 23, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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 [[judgepedia:Washington Supreme Court|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.
 
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 [[judgepedia:Washington Supreme Court|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.
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:: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
  
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Democrats maintain a partisan majority, but control is held by the Republican-led Majority Caucus Coalition.<ref>[http://www.king5.com/news/politics/Washington-lawmakers-start-session-in-Olympia-186790321.html ''KING'', "New coalition takes control in Washington state's Senate," January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013.]</ref>
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In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Democrats maintain a partisan majority, but control is held by the Republican-led Majority Caucus Coalition.<ref>[http://www.king5.com/news/politics/Washington-lawmakers-start-session-in-Olympia-186790321.html ''KING'', "New coalition takes control in Washington state's Senate," January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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| [[State Senate Majority Leader|State Senate Majority Coalition Leader]] || [[Rodney Tom]] || {{blue dot}}
 
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| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Whip]] || [[John Braun]] || {{red dot}}
 
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| [[State Senate Minority Floor Leader]] || [[David Frockt]] || {{blue dot}}
 
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| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Annette Cleveland]] || {{blue dot}}
 
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Annette Cleveland]] || {{blue dot}}
 
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| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Whip]] || [[Mark Mullet]] || {{blue dot}}
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| [[Rosemary McAuliffe]]
 
| [[Rosemary McAuliffe]]
 
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| [[Randi Becker]]
 
| [[Randi Becker]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Andy Billig]]
 
| [[Andy Billig]]
 
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| [[Mike Padden]]
 
| [[Mike Padden]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Mark Mullet]]
 
| [[Mark Mullet]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Michael Baumgartner]]
 
| [[Michael Baumgartner]]
 
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| [[John Smith (Washington)|John Smith]]
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| [[Brian Dansel]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 8|8]]
 
| [[Sharon Brown (Washington)|Sharon Brown]]
 
| [[Sharon Brown (Washington)|Sharon Brown]]
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 9|9]]
 
| [[Mark Schoesler]]
 
| [[Mark Schoesler]]
 
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| [[Barbara Bailey]]
 
| [[Barbara Bailey]]
 
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| [[Bob Hasegawa]]
 
| [[Bob Hasegawa]]
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 12|12]]
 
| [[Linda Evans Parlette]]
 
| [[Linda Evans Parlette]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 13|13]]
| [[Janéa Holmquist|Janéa Holmquist Newbry]]
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| [[Janéa Holmquist]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
  
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 14|14]]
 
| [[Curtis King]]
 
| [[Curtis King]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
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| [[Washington State Senate District 15|15]]
 
| [[Jim Honeyford]]
 
| [[Jim Honeyford]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 16|16]]
 
| [[Mike Hewitt]]
 
| [[Mike Hewitt]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 17|17]]
 
| [[Don Benton]]
 
| [[Don Benton]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 18|18]]
 
| [[Ann Rivers]]
 
| [[Ann Rivers]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 19|19]]
 
| [[Brian Hatfield]]
 
| [[Brian Hatfield]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 20|20]]
 
| [[John Braun]]
 
| [[John Braun]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 21|21]]
| [[Paull Shin]]
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| [[Marko Liias]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
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| [[Washington State Senate District 22|22]]
 
| [[Karen Fraser]]
 
| [[Karen Fraser]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 23|23]]
 
| [[Christine Rolfes]]
 
| [[Christine Rolfes]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 24|24]]
 
| [[James Hargrove]]
 
| [[James Hargrove]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 25|25]]
 
| [[Bruce Dammeier]]
 
| [[Bruce Dammeier]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 26|26]]
| [[Nathan Schlicher]]
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| [[Jan Angel]]
| {{Blue dot}}
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| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
  
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 27|27]]
 
| [[Jeannie Darneille]]
 
| [[Jeannie Darneille]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 28|28]]
 
| [[Steve O'Ban]]
 
| [[Steve O'Ban]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 29|29]]
 
| [[Steve Conway]]
 
| [[Steve Conway]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 30|30]]
 
| [[Tracey Eide]]
 
| [[Tracey Eide]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 31|31]]
 
| [[Pam Roach]]
 
| [[Pam Roach]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 32|32]]
 
| [[Maralyn Chase]]
 
| [[Maralyn Chase]]
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 33|33]]
 
| [[Karen Keiser]]
 
| [[Karen Keiser]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 34|34]]
 
| [[Sharon Nelson]]
 
| [[Sharon Nelson]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 35|35]]
 
| [[Tim Sheldon]]
 
| [[Tim Sheldon]]
| {{Blue dot}}
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| {{Purple dot}}
 
| 1997
 
| 1997
  
 
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| 36
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| [[Washington State Senate District 36|36]]
 
| [[Jeanne Kohl-Welles]]
 
| [[Jeanne Kohl-Welles]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 37|37]]
 
| [[Adam Kline]]
 
| [[Adam Kline]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 38|38]]
| [[Nick Harper]]
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| [[John McCoy]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
| 2011
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| 2013
  
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 39|39]]
 
| [[Kirk Pearson (Washington)|Kirk Pearson]]
 
| [[Kirk Pearson (Washington)|Kirk Pearson]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Kevin Ranker]]
 
| [[Kevin Ranker]]
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 41|41]]
 
| [[Steve Litzow]]
 
| [[Steve Litzow]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Doug Ericksen]]
 
| [[Doug Ericksen]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Washington State Senate District 43|43]]
| [[Ed Murray]]
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| [[Jamie Pedersen]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
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| [[Washington State Senate District 44|44]]
 
| [[Steve Hobbs, Washington Senator|Steve Hobbs]]
 
| [[Steve Hobbs, Washington Senator|Steve Hobbs]]
 
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| [[Andy Hill]]
 
| [[Andy Hill]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Dave Frockt]]
 
| [[Dave Frockt]]
 
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| [[Joe Fain]]
 
| [[Joe Fain]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
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| [[Rodney Tom]]
 
| [[Rodney Tom]]
| {{Blue dot}}
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| {{Purple dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
  
 
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| [[Annette Cleveland]]
 
| [[Annette Cleveland]]
 
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Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
 
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
  
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
  
 
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Washington|Office of the Governor of Washington]], the [[Washington State Senate]] and the [[Washington House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
 
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Washington|Office of the Governor of Washington]], the [[Washington State Senate]] and the [[Washington House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
 
[[File:Partisan composition of Washington state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
 
[[File:Partisan composition of Washington state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
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====SQLI and partisanship====
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The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Washington state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the course of the study, Washington had a number of Democratic trifectas. The state experienced both high and low rankings during the years with Democratic trifectas. Its highest ranking overall, finishing 8th, occurred in 1998 during a divided government.
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[[File:Washington SQLI visualization.PNG|thumb|center|1000px|Chart displaying the partisanship of the Washington government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

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Washington State Senate

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General Information
Type:   Upper house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 13, 2014
Website:   Official Senate Page
Leadership
Senate President:   Brad Owen (D)
Majority Leader:   Rodney Tom (MCC)
Minority leader:   Sharon Nelson (D)
Structure
Members:  49
   Vacant (0)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art II, Section 2, Washington Constitution
Salary:   $42,106/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (26 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Redistricting:  Washington State Redistricting Commission
Meeting place:
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The Washington State Senate is the upper house of the Washington State Legislature. It includes 49 senators. Each member represents an average of 137,236 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 120,288 residents.[2]

The Washington state senators have no term limits. Senatorial terms last four years. Senators are elected from the same legislative districts as are members of the Washington State House of Representatives. Each district elects two representatives but only one senator.

As of April 2014, Washington is one of 14 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.

Democrats have de-Jure control of the chamber, but Republicans have de-facto control because two Democrats caucus with Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC).

Sessions

Article II of the Washington Constitution establishes when the Washington State Legislature, of which the Senate 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.

2014

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 14.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included a court-mandated $5 billion education funding package, transportation funding through a gas tax increase and climate change proposals.[3]

2013

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]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

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

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

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

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the Senate 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]

Ethics and transparency

Following the Money report

See also: Following the Money 2014 Report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites, entitled Following the Money in April 2014, which measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending.[8] Washington received the grade of B and a numerical score of 85, indicating Washington was aAdvancing state in terms of transparency regarding state spending.[8]

Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[9] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[9]

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Washington was given a grade of A in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is May 17, 2014.

2012

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate were held in Washington on November 6, 2012. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012 and the primary election was August 7, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Washington's State Senate were held in Washington on November 2, 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.

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $7,259,812 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[11]

2008

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 19, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $6,822,733. The top 10 contributors were:[12]

2006

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 19, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $7,241,049. The top 10 contributors were:[13]

2004

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $6,993,740. The top 10 contributors were:[14]

2002

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 17, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,496,407. The top 10 contributors were:[15]

2000

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Washington State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 19, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,339,111. The top 10 contributors were:[16]

Qualifications

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."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.[17]

Redistricting

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 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.[18]

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.

Senators

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Washington Legislature are paid $42,106/year. Legislators receive $90/day per diem.[19]

When sworn in

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

Washington legislators assume office the first day of session.

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Democrats maintain a partisan majority, but control is held by the Republican-led Majority Caucus Coalition.[20]


Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 23
     Republican Party 24
     Vacancy 2
Total 49


The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Washington State Senate from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of the Washington State Senate.PNG

Leadership

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

The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate, but only votes in the event of a tie. In the absence of the Lieutenant Governor, the President pro tempore served as presiding officer. The President pro tempore is elected by the majority party caucus, but must then be confirmed by the entire Senate.[21][22]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Washington State Senate
Office Representative Party
President of the Senate Brad Owen Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Sheldon Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Vice President Pro Tempore Sharon Brown Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Coalition Leader Rodney Tom Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Caucus Chair Linda Evans Parlette Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Joe Fain Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Whip Ann Rivers Ends.png Republican
State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Don Benton Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Caucus Vice Chair Bruce Dammeier Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader Jim Honeyford Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Whip John Braun Ends.png Republican
State Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Floor Leader David Frockt Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Caucus Leader Karen Fraser Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Caucus Leader Mark Mullet Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Floor Leader Christine Rolfes Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader Annette Cleveland Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Whip Andy Billig Electiondot.png Democratic

List of current members

Current members, Washington State Senate
District Senator Party Assumed office
1 Rosemary McAuliffe Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
2 Randi Becker Ends.png Republican 2009
3 Andy Billig Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
4 Mike Padden Ends.png Republican 2011
5 Mark Mullet Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
6 Michael Baumgartner Ends.png Republican 2011
7 Brian Dansel Ends.png Republican 2013
8 Sharon Brown Ends.png Republican 2013
9 Mark Schoesler Ends.png Republican 2005
10 Barbara Bailey Ends.png Republican 2013
11 Bob Hasegawa Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
12 Linda Evans Parlette Ends.png Republican 2001
13 Janéa Holmquist Ends.png Republican 2011
14 Curtis King Ends.png Republican 2007
15 Jim Honeyford Ends.png Republican 1998
16 Mike Hewitt Ends.png Republican 2001
17 Don Benton Ends.png Republican 1997
18 Ann Rivers Ends.png Republican 2012
19 Brian Hatfield Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
20 John Braun Ends.png Republican 2013
21 Marko Liias Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
22 Karen Fraser Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
23 Christine Rolfes Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
24 James Hargrove Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
25 Bruce Dammeier Ends.png Republican 2013
26 Jan Angel Ends.png Republican 2013
27 Jeannie Darneille Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
28 Steve O'Ban Ends.png Republican 2013
29 Steve Conway Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
30 Tracey Eide Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
31 Pam Roach Ends.png Republican 1991
32 Maralyn Chase Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
33 Karen Keiser Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
34 Sharon Nelson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
35 Tim Sheldon Purple.png Independent American 1997
36 Jeanne Kohl-Welles Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
37 Adam Kline Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
38 John McCoy Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
39 Kirk Pearson Ends.png Republican 2013
40 Kevin Ranker Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
41 Steve Litzow Ends.png Republican 2011
42 Doug Ericksen Ends.png Republican 2011
43 Jamie Pedersen Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
44 Steve Hobbs Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
45 Andy Hill Ends.png Republican 2011
46 Dave Frockt Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
47 Joe Fain Ends.png Republican 2011
48 Rodney Tom Purple.png Independent American 2007
49 Annette Cleveland Electiondot.png Democratic 2013

Senate committees

The Washington State Senate has 15 standing committees:

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Washington
Partisan breakdown of the Washington legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Washington State Senate for 16 years while the Republicans were the majority for six years.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Washington, the Washington State Senate and the Washington House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Washington state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Washington state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the course of the study, Washington had a number of Democratic trifectas. The state experienced both high and low rankings during the years with Democratic trifectas. Its highest ranking overall, finishing 8th, occurred in 1998 during a divided government.

Chart displaying the partisanship of the Washington government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

External links

References

  1. Population in 2010 of the American states, accessed November 22, 2013
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  3. washingtonstatewire.com, "Session Set to Open in ‘Bizarro World’ – Supreme Court Decision Turns Everything Upside Down," January 13, 2014
  4. The Spokesman Review, "Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session," January 13, 2013
  5. 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL
  6. 2010 session convening dates for Washington legislature
  7. 2010 session adjourning dates for Washington legislature
  8. 8.0 8.1 U.S. Public Interest Research Group, "Following the Money 2014 Report," accessed April 15, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Policy Center "2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released," March 18, 2014
  10. Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
  11. Follow the Money: "Washington Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"
  12. Follow the Money, "Washington 2008 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013
  13. Follow the Money, "Washington 2006 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013
  14. Follow the Money, "Washington 2004 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "Washington 2002 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Washington 2000 Candidates," accessed August 5, 2013
  17. Washington Legislature, "Washington Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Section Article II, Section XV)
  18. U.S. Census Bureau, "U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Washington's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting," February 23, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2012
  19. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  20. KING, "New coalition takes control in Washington state's Senate," January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013
  21. Washington State Senate - 2009 Permanent Rules of the Senate
  22. Washington State Senate 2009-2010 Leadership