State Representative, Position 2 (WA-4)

Next Election

Aug 04, 2020

Filing Window

May 11, 2020 - May 15, 2020


The Washington State House of Representatives comprises the lower house of the bicameral Washington State Legislature. There are 98 representatives within the house, each of whom represents about 68,618 residents from their respective districts (49 in total). The Speaker of the House serves as the leader of the House and must be chosen by the majority party caucus, then elected by the rest of the House. It is the speaker's responsibility manage the floor and set the legislative agenda. Primary responsibilities of a house representative include: developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, and allocating spending. There are 21 standing committees within the house ranging from Capital Budget, to Environment, to Public Safety. Each representative serves on or leads various committees within the house. Additionally, the house has the exclusive authority to impeach state officials, who will then be tried by the senate. Primary issues covered in this house range from education funding, to transportation development, to climate change proposals. Each representative serves a two-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 *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:
King County-WA, King County Elections, Renton, WA, 98057, US