Washington State Senate

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Washington State Senate
Washington State Legislature
Term limits
New session started
January 11, 2021
Denny Heck (D)
since January 13, 2021
President of the Senate pro tempore
Karen Keiser (D)
since November 15, 2017
Majority Leader
Andy Billig (D)
since November 15, 2017
Minority Leader
John Braun (R)
since November 30, 2020
Political groups
Majority Caucus
  •   Democratic (28)

Minority Caucus

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Washington State Constitution
Salary$56,881/year + per diem [1]
Last election
November 3, 2020
(24 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(25 seats)
RedistrictingWashington State Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
Washington State Senate chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Washington State Capitol
Olympia, Washington
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)
Non-coalition Coalition
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature25123490
After 2018 election28120490
Beginning of 66th legislature27481 [2]
February 5, 2019 [3] 28490
Latest voting share

Members (2021–2023, 67th Legislature)

DistrictSenatorPartyResidenceCounties RepresentedFirst electedNext election
1 Derek Stanford Democratic Maltby King (part), Snohomish (part)2019†2024
2 Jim McCune Republican Graham Pierce (part), Thurston (part)20202024
3 Andy Billig Democratic Spokane Spokane (part)20122024
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)20182022
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 20042024
10 Ron Muzzall Republican Oak Harbor Island, Skagit (part), Snohomish (part)2019†2024
11 Bob Hasegawa Democratic Seattle King (part)20122024
12 Brad Hawkins Republican East Wenatchee Chelan, Douglas, Grant (part), Okanogan (part)20162024
13 Judith Warnick Republican Moses Lake Grant (part), Kittitas, Lincoln, Yakima (part)20142022
14 Curtis King Republican Yakima Clark (part), Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima (part)2007^2024
15 Jim Honeyford Republican Sunnyside Yakima (part)19982022
16 Perry Dozier Republican Waitsburg Benton (part), Columbia, Franklin (part), Walla Walla 20202024
17 Lynda Wilson Republican Vancouver Clark (part)20162024
18 Ann Rivers Republican La Center Clark (part)2012†2024
19 Jeff Wilson Republican Longview Cowlitz (part), Grays Harbor (part), Lewis (part), Pacific, Wahkiakum 20202024
20 John Braun Republican Centralia Clark (part), Cowlitz (part), Lewis (part), Thurston (part)20122024
21 Marko Liias Democratic Everett Snohomish (part)2014†2022
22 Sam Hunt Democratic Olympia Thurston (part)20162024
23 Christine Rolfes Democratic Bainbridge Island Kitsap (part)2010†2024
24 Kevin Van De Wege Democratic Sequim Clallam, Grays Harbor (part), Jefferson 20162024
25 Chris Gildon Republican Puyallup Pierce (part)20202024
26 Emily Randall Democratic Gig Harbor Kitsap (part), Pierce (part)20182022
27 Jeannie Darneille Democratic Tacoma Pierce (part)20122024
28 T'wina Nobles Democratic Fircrest Pierce (part)20202024
29 Steve Conway Democratic Tacoma Pierce (part)20102022
30 Claire Wilson Democratic Federal Way King (part), Pierce (part)20182022
31 Phil Fortunato Republican Auburn King (part), Pierce (part)2017†2022
32 Jesse Salomon Democratic Shoreline King (part), Snohomish (part)20182022
33 Karen Keiser Democratic Des Moines King (part)2001†2022
34 Joe Nguyen Democratic Seattle King (part)20182022
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)20162024
42 Doug Ericksen Republican Ferndale Whatcom (part)20102022
43 Jamie Pedersen Democratic Seattle King (part)2013†2022
44 Steve Hobbs Democratic Lake Stevens Snohomish (part)20062022
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)20182022
48 Patty Kuderer Democratic Clyde Hill King (part)2017†2022
49 Annette Cleveland Democratic Vancouver Clark (part)20122024
* Sheldon self-identifies as a Democrat but has caucused with the Republicans since December 10, 2012
† Originally Appointed
^ Originally Elected in Special Election
# Sworn in early to fill vacant seat

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  2. "Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker resigns amid misconduct accusations". Seattle Times. January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
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