|Douglas "Doug" Ericksen|
|Member of the Washington State Senate|
from the 42nd district
Assumed office |
January 28, 1969|
42nd Legislative Senator Douglas Ericksen joined the Washington State Senate's Minority Coalition Caucus and serves as the ranking member of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.
In May 2013, the Associated Press reported that Ericksen was "the biggest beneficiary of lobbyist expense accounts" among Washington state legislators during the first four months of 2013, receiving the equivalent of US$2,029.30 in free meals.
In February 2016, Erickson added language to a solar energy bill (Washington Bill HB2346) that would cause sections of the bill to expire if a law imposing limits on greenhouse emissions were passed. The amended bill did not pass the Senate.
In November 2016, in response to the protests against Donald Trump, Erickson authored a bill that would treat some common protest actions, such as blocking traffic and rail lines, as economic terrorism and allow for felony prosecution of individuals who take part in such action.
In January 2017, Ericksen accepted the Temporary position of interim director of communications with the US EPA but stated he does not intend to resign his senate seat, Constituents have voiced concerns that Ericksen is failing to adequately represent them while continuing to collect a paycheck from the taxpayers of Washington State.
In June 2018, Ericksen kicked off his bid for re-election with the theme: "Want a Friend? Get a Dog." The advertisement appeared on Ericksen's Facebook page.  If Ericksen is re-elected, it will be his third term as a State Senator.
- Project Vote Smart.org, Douglas Ericksen biography
- Baker, Mike (May 29, 2013). "Report: Ferndale lawmaker accepts most free meals from lobbyists". AP via Bellingham Herald. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Associated Press (May 29, 2013). "Lobbyists pamper Washington state lawmakers with free meals in Olympia". AP via The Oregonian. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
- HB 2346 - 2015-16, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2346
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