Washington State Senate
|Washington State Senate|
|Washington State Legislature|
New session started
|January 14, 2013|
President pro Tempore
|Democratic Party (23)
Majority Coalition Caucus (26)*
Length of term
|Authority||Article II, Washington State Constitution|
|Salary||$42,106/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2012
|November 4, 2014
|Redistricting||Washington State Redistricting Commission|
|State Senate Chamber
Washington State Capitol
|Washington State Senate|
The Washington State Senate is the upper house of the Washington State Legislature. The body consists of 49 senators, each representing a district with a population of nearly 140,000. The State Senate meets at the Legislative Building in Olympia.
As with the lower House of Representatives, state senators serve without term limits, though senators serve four-year terms. Senators are elected from the same legislative districts as House members, with each district electing two representatives but only one senator.
Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the state senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards.
The Lieutenant Governor of Washington serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate. The President Pro Tempore is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the entire Senate through a Senate Resolution. The President Pro Tempore is the chief leadership position in the Senate. The other Senate leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.
The current President of the Senate is Brad Owen. The current President Pro Tempore is Tim Sheldon and the Majority Leader is Rodney Tom. While both Sheldon and Tom ran for office as Democrats, they have sided with the Senate Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus. The Minority Leader is Democrat Sharon Nelson.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||23||26||49||0|
|May 29, 2013||22||48||1|
|June 5, 2013||23||49||0|
|November 9, 2013||23||48||1|
|November 27, 2013||24||49||0|
|December 17, 2013||24||23|
|January 7, 2014||22||48||1|
|January 21, 2014||23||49||0|
|Latest voting share||53%||47%|
Members (2013–2014, 63rd Legislature)
|4||Mike Padden||Republican||Spokane Valley||2011^|
|10||Barbara Bailey||Republican||Oak Harbor||2012|
|12||Linda Evans Parlette||Republican||Wenatchee||2000|
|13||Janéa Holmquist Newbry||Republican||Moses Lake||2010|
|16||Mike Hewitt||Republican||Walla Walla||2000|
|18||Ann Rivers||Republican||La Center||2012†|
|23||Christine Rolfes||Democratic||Bainbridge Island||2010|
|26||Jan Angel||Republican||Port Orchard||2013^|
|30||Tracey Eide||Democratic||Des Moines||1998|
|33||Karen Keiser||Democratic||Des Moines||2000|
|35||Tim Sheldon||Democratic (MCC)||Potlatch||1996|
|40||Kevin Ranker||Democratic||Orcas Island||2008|
|41||Steve Litzow||Republican||Mercer Island||2010|
|44||Steve Hobbs||Democratic||Lake Stevens||2006|
|48||Rodney Tom||Democratic (MCC)||Medina||2006|
- †Originally Appointed
- ^Originally Elected in Special Election
- On December 10, Democratic senators Tim Sheldon and Rodney Tom announced they would caucus with the Republicans, creating the bi-partisan Majority Coalition Caucus. "Washington State Senate: Republicans Claim Majority After Democrats Defect". HuffPost. Dec 11, 2012. Retrieved Dec 11, 2012.
- Rodney Tom and Mark Schoesler (2012-12-16). "Op-ed: State Senate’s new Majority Coalition Caucus will govern across party lines". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Sharon Nelson to replace Ed Murray as Senate Democratic leader". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
- Republican Mike Carrell (District 28) died. 
- Republican Steve O'Ban appointed to replace Carrell. 
- State Sen. Nick Harper abruptly resigns
- McCoy appointed to fill Harper's state Senate seat
- Republican Jan Angel's sworn in to replace Derek Kilmer, who resigned to be sworn into Congress. 
- State Sen. Paull Shin resigns, citing Alzheimer’s
- Liias headed to Senate, Ortiz-Self to replace him in House