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Washington State Senate
Washington State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 14, 2013
Leadership
Brad Owen (D)
since January 15, 1997
President pro Tempore
Tim Sheldon (Majority Coalition Caucus)
since December 10, 2012
Majority Leader
Rodney Tom (Majority Coalition Caucus)
since December 10, 2012
Minority Leader
Sharon Nelson (D)
since November 20, 2013
Structure
Seats 49
Washington State Senate 2.svg
Political groups
     Democratic Party (23)
     Majority Coalition Caucus (26)*[1][2]
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Washington State Constitution
Salary $42,106/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2012
(25 seats)
Next election
November 4, 2014
(24 seats)
Redistricting Washington State Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
Washington State Senate chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Washington State Capitol
Olympia, Washington
Website
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.

Leadership[edit]

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.[2] The Minority Leader is Democrat Sharon Nelson.[3]

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Coalition Non-coalition
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 26 49 0
Begin 23 2 24 49 0
May 29, 2013[4] 22 48 1
June 5, 2013[5] 23 49 0
November 9, 2013[6] 23 48 1
November 27, 2013[7] 24 49 0
December 17, 2013[8] 24 23
January 7, 2014[9] 22 48 1
January 21, 2014[10] 23 49 0
Latest voting share 53% 47%

Members (2013–2014, 63rd Legislature)[edit]

District Senator Party Residence First elected
1 Rosemary McAuliffe Democratic Bothell 1992
2 Randi Becker Republican Eatonville 2008
3 Andy Billig Democratic Spokane 2012
4 Mike Padden Republican Spokane Valley 2011^
5 Mark Mullet Democratic Issaquah 2012
6 Michael Baumgartner Republican Spokane 2010
7 Brian Dansel Republican Republic 2013^
8 Sharon Brown Republican Kennewick 2013†
9 Mark Schoesler Republican Ritzville 2004
10 Barbara Bailey Republican Oak Harbor 2012
11 Bob Hasegawa Democratic Seattle 2012
12 Linda Evans Parlette Republican Wenatchee 2000
13 Janéa Holmquist Newbry Republican Moses Lake 2010
14 Curtis King Republican Yakima 2007^
15 Jim Honeyford Republican Sunnyside 1998
16 Mike Hewitt Republican Walla Walla 2000
17 Don Benton Republican Vancouver 1996
18 Ann Rivers Republican La Center 2012†
19 Brian Hatfield Democratic Raymond 2006†
20 John Braun Republican Centralia 2012
21 Marko Liias Democratic Everett 2014†
22 Karen Fraser Democratic Olympia 1992
23 Christine Rolfes Democratic Bainbridge Island 2010
24 James Hargrove Democratic Hoquiam 1992
25 Bruce Dammeier Republican Puyallup 2012
26 Jan Angel Republican Port Orchard 2013^
27 Jeannie Darneille Democratic Tacoma 2012
28 Steve O'Ban Republican Tacoma 2013†
29 Steve Conway Democratic Tacoma 2010
30 Tracey Eide Democratic Des Moines 1998
31 Pam Roach Republican Auburn 1990
32 Maralyn Chase Democratic Edmonds 2010
33 Karen Keiser Democratic Des Moines 2000
34 Sharon Nelson Democratic Vashon 2010
35 Tim Sheldon Democratic (MCC) Potlatch 1996
36 Jeanne Kohl-Welles Democratic Seattle 1994
37 Adam Kline Democratic Seattle 1996
38 John McCoy Democratic Tulalip 2013†
39 Kirk Pearson Republican Monroe 2012
40 Kevin Ranker Democratic Orcas Island 2008
41 Steve Litzow Republican Mercer Island 2010
42 Doug Ericksen Republican Ferndale 2010
43 Jamie Pedersen Democratic Seattle 2013†
44 Steve Hobbs Democratic Lake Stevens 2006
45 Andy Hill Republican Redmond 2010
46 David Frockt Democratic Seattle 2010
47 Joe Fain Republican Auburn 2010
48 Rodney Tom Democratic (MCC) Medina 2006
49 Annette Cleveland Democratic Vancouver 2012
†Originally Appointed
^Originally Elected in Special Election

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ "Sharon Nelson to replace Ed Murray as Senate Democratic leader". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  4. ^ Republican Mike Carrell (District 28) died. [1]
  5. ^ Republican Steve O'Ban appointed to replace Carrell. [2]
  6. ^ State Sen. Nick Harper abruptly resigns
  7. ^ McCoy appointed to fill Harper's state Senate seat
  8. ^ Republican Jan Angel's sworn in to replace Derek Kilmer, who resigned to be sworn into Congress. [3]
  9. ^ State Sen. Paull Shin resigns, citing Alzheimer’s
  10. ^ Liias headed to Senate, Ortiz-Self to replace him in House

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°02′09″N 122°54′16″W / 47.0358°N 122.9045°W / 47.0358; -122.9045