Washington State Senate

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Washington State Senate
Washington State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 9, 2017
Cyrus Habib (D)
Since January 11, 2017
President of the Senate pro tempore
Karen Keiser (D)
Since November 15, 2017
Majority Leader
Sharon Nelson (D)
Since November 15, 2017
Minority Leader
Mark Schoesler (R)
Since November 15, 2017
Political groups


Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Washington State Constitution
Salary$42,106/year + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2016
(25 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(24 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 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.


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.


(Shading indicates majority caucus)
End of previous legislature25123490
Begin (January 9, 2017)[1]24124490
January 24, 2017[2]23481
February 1, 2017[3]24490
November 7, 2017[4]23125
Latest voting share49%51%

Members (2017–2019, 65th Legislature)[edit]

DistrictSenatorPartyResidenceCounties RepresentedFirst electedNext election
1Guy PalumboDemocraticMaltbyKing (part), Snohomish (part)20162020
2Randi BeckerRepublicanEatonvillePierce (part), Thurston (part)20082020
3Andy BilligDemocraticSpokaneSpokane (part)20122020
4Mike PaddenRepublicanSpokane ValleySpokane (part)2011^2020
5Mark MulletDemocraticIssaquahKing (part)2012#2020
6Michael BaumgartnerRepublicanSpokaneSpokane (part)20102018
7Shelly ShortRepublicanAddyFerry, Okanogan (part), Pend Oreille, Spokane (part), Stevens2017†2018
8Sharon BrownRepublicanKennewickBenton (part)2013†2018
9Mark SchoeslerRepublicanRitzvilleAdams, Asotin, Franklin (part), Garfield, Spokane (part), Whitman20042020
10Barbara BaileyRepublicanOak HarborIsland, Skagit (part), Snohomish (part)20122020
11Bob HasegawaDemocraticSeattleKing (part)20122020
12Brad HawkinsRepublicanEast WenatcheeChelan, Douglas, Grant (part), Okanogan (part)20162020
13Judy WarnickRepublicanMoses LakeGrant (part), Kittitas, Lincoln, Yakima (part)20142018
14Curtis KingRepublicanYakimaClark (part), Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima (part)2007^2020
15Jim HoneyfordRepublicanSunnysideYakima (part)19982018
16Maureen WalshRepublicanCollege PlaceBenton (part), Columbia, Franklin (part), Walla Walla20162020
17Lynda WilsonRepublicanVancouverClark (part)20162020
18Ann RiversRepublicanLa CenterClark (part)2012†2020
19Dean TakkoDemocraticLongviewCowlitz (part), Grays Harbor (part), Lewis (part), Pacific, Wahkiakum2015†2020
20John BraunRepublicanCentraliaClark (part), Cowlitz (part), Lewis (part), Thurston (part)20122020
21Marko LiiasDemocraticEverettSnohomish (part)2014†2018
22Sam HuntDemocraticOlympiaThurston (part)20162020
23Christine RolfesDemocraticBainbridge IslandKitsap (part)2010†2020
24Kevin Van De WegeDemocraticSequimClallam, Grays Harbor (part), Jefferson20162020
25Hans ZeigerRepublicanPuyallupPierce (part)2016#2020
26Jan AngelRepublicanPort OrchardKitsap (part), Pierce (part)2013^2018
27Jeannie DarneilleDemocraticTacomaPierce (part)20122020
28Steve O'BanRepublicanTacomaPierce (part)2013†2020
29Steve ConwayDemocraticTacomaPierce (part)20102018
30Mark MilosciaRepublicanFederal WayKing (part), Pierce (part)20142018
31Phil FortunatoRepublicanAuburnKing (part), Pierce (part)2017†2018
32Maralyn ChaseDemocraticEdmondsKing (part), Snohomish (part)20102018
33Karen KeiserDemocraticDes MoinesKing (part)2001†2018
34Sharon NelsonDemocraticVashonKing (part)2010#2018
35Tim SheldonDemocratic (MCC)PotlatchKitsap (part), Mason, Thurston (part)1997^2018
36Reuven CarlyleDemocraticSeattleKing (part)2016†2018
37Rebecca SaldañaDemocraticSeattleKing (part)2016†2018
38John McCoyDemocraticTulalipSnohomish (part)2013†2018
39Keith WagonerRepublicanSedro-WoolleyKing (part), Skagit (part), Snohomish (part)2018†2018
40Kevin RankerDemocraticOrcas IslandSan Juan, Skagit (part), Whatcom (part)20082020
41Lisa WellmanDemocraticMercer IslandKing (part)20162020
42Doug EricksenRepublicanFerndaleWhatcom (part)20102018
43Jamie PedersenDemocraticSeattleKing (part)2013†2018
44Steve HobbsDemocraticLake StevensSnohomish (part)20062018
45Manka DhingraDemocraticRedmondKing (part)2017^2018
46David FrocktDemocraticSeattleKing (part)2011†2018
47Joe FainRepublicanAuburnKing (part)20102018
48Patty KudererDemocraticClyde HillKing (part)2017†2018
49Annette ClevelandDemocraticVancouverClark (part)20122020
†Originally Appointed
^Originally Elected in Special Election
#Sworn in early to fill vacant seat

Past composition of the Senate[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Republican Andy Hill died October 31, 2016, after the 2016 legislative session ended. Republican Dino Rossi was appointed to replace Hill on December 5. Democrat Pramila Jayapal (District 37) resigned December 12, 2016 after her successful election to Congress. Democrat Rebecca Saldaña was appointed to replace Jayapal on December 12. Democrat Cyrus Habib resigned January 4, 2017 after his successful election as Lieutenant Governor of Washington. Democrat Patty Kuderer was appointed to replace Habib on January 9.
  2. ^ Republican Brian Dansel (District 7) resigned to take a job in the United States Department of Agriculture. [1]
  3. ^ Republican Shelly Short appointed to replace Dansel. [2]
  4. ^ Democrat Mark Dhingra defeats Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in special election for District 45. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/washington-state-senate-special-election_us_5a00a45be4b0baea2633bfae

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