State Senator (WA-35)

Employer / Organization

Washington State Senate District 35

Next Election

Aug 02, 2022

Filing Window

May 16, 2022 - May 20, 2022


The Washington State Senate comprises the upper house of the bicameral Washington State Legislature. There are 48 members within the Senate, each of whom represent their respective districts. There are an estimated 140,000 constituents per senator. The senate is lead by the lieutenant governor, who acts as the president of the senate. Primary responsibilities of a senator include: developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, and allocating spending. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments. The senate also has authority to confirm or reject appointments to state commissions, boards, and the cabinet. There are 16 standing committees within the senate ranging from Commerce and Labor, to Higher Education, to Transportation. Each senator serves on or leads various committees within the senate. Senators serve a four-year term, with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of this position is $42,106 per year, in addition to $120 of per diem for every day in session.

Application Guidelines
The filing window for this position begins the Monday two weeks prior to Memorial Day and ends on the Friday of that week (5 days in length). Candidacy filing papers can be acquired from and are submitted to either the county election office or the Washington Secretary of State's Office in Olympia. Participation in the primary election is defined by the type of office you plan to run for: partisan or nonpartisan. For nonpartisan offices, if there are only two candidates that have filed for a position, they will run against each other in the November election. If more than two candidates file for a non-partisan office, then all the nonpartisan candidates will appear on the August primary ballot and the top two vote getters will advance to the November general election. All state partisan offices participate in the August primary. For any further questions or concerns, you are encouraged to conatact the Washington Secretary of State's Office. The office can be reached at (360) 902-4151 or [email protected] *Please note: Washington is one of the few states with an online filing for candidacy process. For more information regarding filing online, please see the Washington Secretary of State's website on elections and voting:

Submit application to:
Washington Secretary of State-Elections, 520 Union Ave, Olympia, WA, 98504, US