Washington State Senate
|Washington State Senate|
|Washington State Legislature|
New session started
|January 12, 2015|
President Pro Tem of the Senate
Governing coalition (MCC)
Length of term
|Authority||Article II, Washington State Constitution|
|Salary||$42,106/year + per diem|
|November 4, 2014
|November 8, 2016
|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 Tim Sheldon, a Democrat who sides with the Republicans, has been serving since the Majority Coalition Caucus assumed control in late 2012/early 2013. The Majority leader is Republican Mark Schoesler, who assumed office following the retirement of Majority Coalition Caucus founder Rodney Tom in 2014, and the Minority Leader is Sharon Nelson, a Democrat who has been serving as her party's Senate leader since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was elected to his current office.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||24||2||23||49||0|
|Latest voting share||53.1%||46.9%|
Members (2015–2017, 64th Legislature)
|4||Mike Padden||Republican||Spokane Valley||2011^|
|10||Barbara Bailey||Republican||Oak Harbor||2012|
|12||Linda Evans Parlette||Republican||Wenatchee||2000|
|13||Judy Warnick||Republican||Moses Lake||2014|
|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||Mark Miloscia||Republican||Federal Way||2014|
|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|
- †Originally Appointed
- ^Originally Elected in Special Election