Washington State Senate

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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 11, 2018
Leadership
Cyrus Habib (D)
since January 11, 2017
President of the Senate pro tempore
Karen Keiser (D)
since November 15, 2017
Majority Leader
Andy Billig (D)
since November 15, 2017
Minority Leader
Mark Schoesler (R)
since November 15, 2017
Structure
Seats49
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Political groups
Majority Caucus

Minority Caucus

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Washington State Constitution
Salary$42,106/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(25 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(24 seats)
RedistrictingWashington State Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
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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 members, 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 one senator and two representatives. Terms are staggered so that half the Senate is up for reelection every two years.

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 nominated by the majority party caucus and elected by the entire Senate. The President Pro Tempore is a largely ceremonial position in the Senate. The primary leaders of the respective caucuses are the majority and minority leaders, which are elected by their respective party caucuses.

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib is constitutionally the President of the Senate. The current President Pro Tempore is Karen Keiser. The Majority leader is Democrat Sharon Nelson, who assumed office following a special election that gave Democrats a majority. The Minority Leader is Republican Mark Schoesler.

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Non-coalition Coalition
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 25 1 23 49 0
After 2018 election 28 1 20 49 0
Beginning of 66th legislature 27 1 20 49 1[1]
After Lovelett appointment[2] 28 1 20 49 0
Latest voting share 57.1% 42.9%

Members (2019–2021, 66th Legislature)[edit]

District Senator Party Residence Counties Represented First elected Next election
1 Guy Palumbo Democratic Maltby King (part), Snohomish (part) 2016 2020
2 Randi Becker Republican Eatonville Pierce (part), Thurston (part) 2008 2020
3 Andy Billig Democratic Spokane Spokane (part) 2012 2020
4 Mike Padden Republican Spokane Valley Spokane (part) 2011^ 2020
5 Mark Mullet Democratic Issaquah King (part) 2012# 2020
6 Jeff Holy Republican Spokane Spokane (part) 2018 2022
7 Shelly Short Republican Addy Ferry, Okanogan (part), Pend Oreille, Spokane (part), Stevens 2017† 2022
8 Sharon Brown Republican Kennewick Benton (part) 2013† 2022
9 Mark Schoesler Republican Ritzville Adams, Asotin, Franklin (part), Garfield, Spokane (part), Whitman 2004 2020
10 Barbara Bailey Republican Oak Harbor Island, Skagit (part), Snohomish (part) 2012 2020
11 Bob Hasegawa Democratic Seattle King (part) 2012 2020
12 Brad Hawkins Republican East Wenatchee Chelan, Douglas, Grant (part), Okanogan (part) 2016 2020
13 Judy Warnick Republican Moses Lake Grant (part), Kittitas, Lincoln, Yakima (part) 2014 2022
14 Curtis King Republican Yakima Clark (part), Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima (part) 2007^ 2020
15 Jim Honeyford Republican Sunnyside Yakima (part) 1998 2022
16 Maureen Walsh Republican College Place Benton (part), Columbia, Franklin (part), Walla Walla 2016 2020
17 Lynda Wilson Republican Vancouver Clark (part) 2016 2020
18 Ann Rivers Republican La Center Clark (part) 2012† 2020
19 Dean Takko Democratic Longview Cowlitz (part), Grays Harbor (part), Lewis (part), Pacific, Wahkiakum 2015† 2020
20 John Braun Republican Centralia Clark (part), Cowlitz (part), Lewis (part), Thurston (part) 2012 2020
21 Marko Liias Democratic Everett Snohomish (part) 2014† 2022
22 Sam Hunt Democratic Olympia Thurston (part) 2016 2020
23 Christine Rolfes Democratic Bainbridge Island Kitsap (part) 2010† 2020
24 Kevin Van De Wege Democratic Sequim Clallam, Grays Harbor (part), Jefferson 2016 2020
25 Hans Zeiger Republican Puyallup Pierce (part) 2016# 2020
26 Emily Randall Democratic Gig Harbor Kitsap (part), Pierce (part) 2018 2022
27 Jeannie Darneille Democratic Tacoma Pierce (part) 2012 2020
28 Steve O'Ban Republican Tacoma Pierce (part) 2013† 2020
29 Steve Conway Democratic Tacoma Pierce (part) 2010 2022
30 Claire Wilson Democratic Federal Way King (part), Pierce (part) 2018 2022
31 Phil Fortunato Republican Auburn King (part), Pierce (part) 2017† 2022
32 Jesse Salomon Democratic Shoreline King (part), Snohomish (part) 2018 2022
33 Karen Keiser Democratic Des Moines King (part) 2001† 2022
34 Joe Nguyen Democratic Seattle King (part) 2018 2022
35 Tim Sheldon Republican* (Dem*) Potlatch Kitsap (part), Mason, Thurston (part) 1997^ 2022
36 Reuven Carlyle Democratic Seattle King (part) 2016† 2022
37 Rebecca Saldaña Democratic Seattle King (part) 2016† 2022
38 John McCoy Democratic Tulalip Snohomish (part) 2013† 2022
39 Keith Wagoner Republican Sedro-Woolley King (part), Skagit (part), Snohomish (part) 2018† 2022
40 Liz Lovelett Democratic Anacortes San Juan, Skagit (part), Whatcom (part) 2019† 2019[3]
41 Lisa Wellman Democratic Mercer Island King (part) 2016 2020
42 Doug Ericksen Republican Ferndale Whatcom (part) 2010 2022
43 Jamie Pedersen Democratic Seattle King (part) 2013† 2022
44 Steve Hobbs Democratic Lake Stevens Snohomish (part) 2006 2022
45 Manka Dhingra Democratic Redmond King (part) 2017^ 2022
46 David Frockt Democratic Seattle King (part) 2011† 2022
47 Mona Das Democratic Renton King (part) 2018 2022
48 Patty Kuderer Democratic Clyde Hill King (part) 2017† 2022
49 Annette Cleveland Democratic Vancouver Clark (part) 2012 2020
*Sheldon self-identifies as Democrat but has caucused with Republicans since Dec. 10, 2012
†Originally Appointed
^Originally Elected in Special Election
#Sworn in early to fill vacant seat

Past composition of the Senate[edit]

Seating Chart[edit]

Lt. Governor
Habib
Salomon Nguyen Wagoner Holy
Takko Wellman Cleveland L. Wilson Brown Warnick
Hunt Das Pedersen Hawkins Walsh Zeiger
Mullet McCoy Dhingra Becker Bailey Rivers
Rolfes Billig Liias Short Schoesler Braun
Frockt Saldaña Kuderer Fortunato Padden Ericksen
Keiser Darneille C. Wilson King Sheldon O'Ban Honeyford
Palumbo Randall Lovelett Carlyle Van De Wege Conway Hasegawa Hobbs

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker resigns amid misconduct accusations". Seattle Times. January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Anacortes City Council member chosen to replace senator who stepped down amid harassment investigation". Seattle Times. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "County councils select city council member to be 40th District state senator". Bellingham Herald. February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

External links[edit]

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