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.

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
Seats 49
Political groups



Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Washington State Constitution
Salary $42,106/year + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2016
(25 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(24 seats)
Redistricting Washington State Redistricting Commission
Meeting place
Washington State Senate chamber
State Senate Chamber
Washington State Capitol
Olympia, Washington
Washington State Senate


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.


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Coalition Non-coalition
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 25 1 23 49 0
Begin (January 9, 2017)[1] 24 1 24 49 0
January 24, 2017[2] 23 48 1
February 1, 2017[3] 24 49 0
November 7, 2017[4] 23 1 25
Latest voting share 49% 51%

Members (2017–2019, 65th Legislature)

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 Michael Baumgartner Republican Spokane Spokane (part) 2010 2018
7 Shelly Short Republican Addy Ferry, Okanogan (part), Pend Oreille, Spokane (part), Stevens 2017† 2017
8 Sharon Brown Republican Kennewick Benton (part) 2013† 2018
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 2018
14 Curtis King Republican Yakima Clark (part), Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima (part) 2007^ 2020
15 Jim Honeyford Republican Sunnyside Yakima (part) 1998 2018
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† 2018
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 Jan Angel Republican Port Orchard Kitsap (part), Pierce (part) 2013^ 2018
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 2018
30 Mark Miloscia Republican Federal Way King (part), Pierce (part) 2014 2018
31 Phil Fortunato Republican Auburn King (part), Pierce (part) 2017† 2017
32 Maralyn Chase Democratic Edmonds King (part), Snohomish (part) 2010 2018
33 Karen Keiser Democratic Des Moines King (part) 2001† 2018
34 Sharon Nelson Democratic Vashon King (part) 2010# 2018
35 Tim Sheldon Democratic (MCC) Potlatch Kitsap (part), Mason, Thurston (part) 1997^ 2018
36 Reuven Carlyle Democratic Seattle King (part) 2016† 2020
37 Rebecca Saldaña Democratic Seattle King (part) 2016† 2017
38 John McCoy Democratic Tulalip Snohomish (part) 2013† 2018
39 Keith Wagoner Republican Sedro-Woolley King (part), Skagit (part), Snohomish (part) 2018† 2018
40 Kevin Ranker Democratic Orcas Island San Juan, Skagit (part), Whatcom (part) 2008 2020
41 Lisa Wellman Democratic Mercer Island King (part) 2016 2020
42 Doug Ericksen Republican Ferndale Whatcom (part) 2010 2018
43 Jamie Pedersen Democratic Seattle King (part) 2013† 2018
44 Steve Hobbs Democratic Lake Stevens Snohomish (part) 2006 2018
45 Manka Dhingra Democratic Redmond King (part) 2017^ 2018
46 David Frockt Democratic Seattle King (part) 2011† 2018
47 Joe Fain Republican Auburn King (part) 2010 2018
48 Patty Kuderer Democratic Clyde Hill King (part) 2017† 2017
49 Annette Cleveland Democratic Vancouver Clark (part) 2012 2020
†Originally Appointed
^Originally Elected in Special Election
#Sworn in early to fill vacant seat

See also


  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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