Washington State Senate
|Washington State Legislature|
New session started
|January 11, 2021|
President of the Senate pro tempore
Karen Keiser (D)
since November 15, 2017
Andy Billig (D)
since November 15, 2017
Length of term
|Authority||Article II, Washington State Constitution|
|Salary||$56,881/year + per diem|
| November 3, 2020 |
| November 8, 2022 |
|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 members, each representing a district with a population of nearly 160,000. 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.
The state constitution allows both houses to write their own rules of procedure (article II, section 9) and to elect their own officers (article II, section 10) with the proviso that the lieutenant governor may preside in each house and has a deciding vote in the senate, but that the senate may choose a "temporary president" in the absence of the lieutenant governor. The prevailing two-party system has produced current senate rules to the effect that the President Pro Tempore is nominated by the majority party caucus and elected by the entire Senate.
Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck is constitutionally the President of the Senate. The current President Pro Tempore is Karen Keiser. The Majority leader is Democrat Andy Billig. The Minority Leader is Republican John Braun.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||25||1||23||49||0|
|After 2018 election||28||1||20||49||0|
|Beginning of 66th legislature||27||48||1|
|February 5, 2019||28||49||0|
|Latest voting share||57.1%||42.9%|
|District||Senator||Party||Residence||Counties Represented||First elected||Next election|
|1||Derek Stanford||Democratic||Maltby||King (part), Snohomish (part)||2019†||2024|
|2||Jim McCune||Republican||Graham||Pierce (part), Thurston (part)||2020||2024|
|3||Andy Billig||Democratic||Spokane||Spokane (part)||2012||2024|
|4||Mike Padden||Republican||Spokane Valley||Spokane (part)||2011^||2024|
|5||Mark Mullet||Democratic||Issaquah||King (part)||2012#||2024|
|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||2024|
|10||Ron Muzzall||Republican||Oak Harbor||Island, Skagit (part), Snohomish (part)||2019†||2024|
|11||Bob Hasegawa||Democratic||Seattle||King (part)||2012||2024|
|12||Brad Hawkins||Republican||East Wenatchee||Chelan, Douglas, Grant (part), Okanogan (part)||2016||2024|
|13||Judith Warnick||Republican||Moses Lake||Grant (part), Kittitas, Lincoln, Yakima (part)||2014||2022|
|14||Curtis King||Republican||Yakima||Clark (part), Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima (part)||2007^||2024|
|15||Jim Honeyford||Republican||Sunnyside||Yakima (part)||1998||2022|
|16||Perry Dozier||Republican||Waitsburg||Benton (part), Columbia, Franklin (part), Walla Walla||2020||2024|
|17||Lynda Wilson||Republican||Vancouver||Clark (part)||2016||2024|
|18||Ann Rivers||Republican||La Center||Clark (part)||2012†||2024|
|19||Jeff Wilson||Republican||Longview||Cowlitz (part), Grays Harbor (part), Lewis (part), Pacific, Wahkiakum||2020||2024|
|20||John Braun||Republican||Centralia||Clark (part), Cowlitz (part), Lewis (part), Thurston (part)||2012||2024|
|21||Marko Liias||Democratic||Everett||Snohomish (part)||2014†||2022|
|22||Sam Hunt||Democratic||Olympia||Thurston (part)||2016||2024|
|23||Christine Rolfes||Democratic||Bainbridge Island||Kitsap (part)||2010†||2024|
|24||Kevin Van De Wege||Democratic||Sequim||Clallam, Grays Harbor (part), Jefferson||2016||2024|
|25||Chris Gildon||Republican||Puyallup||Pierce (part)||2020||2024|
|26||Emily Randall||Democratic||Gig Harbor||Kitsap (part), Pierce (part)||2018||2022|
|27||Jeannie Darneille||Democratic||Tacoma||Pierce (part)||2012||2024|
|28||T'wina Nobles||Democratic||Fircrest||Pierce (part)||2020||2024|
|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||Democratic |
(Caucuses with Republicans*)
|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||June Robinson||Democratic||Everett||Snohomish (part)||2020†||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†||2024|
|41||Lisa Wellman||Democratic||Mercer Island||King (part)||2016||2024|
|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||2024|
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