U.S. Representative (WA-2)

Next Election

Aug 04, 2020

Filing Window

May 15, 2020 - May 15, 2020


There are 435 U.S. Representatives in the United States that comprise the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the United States Congress. U.S. Representatives are responsible for drafting and voting on federal laws for the United States. The work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing congressional committees, and in addition there are special committees as well as joint committees (committees with U.S. Representatives and Senators). Federal funding bills originate in the House of Representative, and the House of Representatives is responsible for carrying out impeachment proceedings. Congressional bills, after having been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which begins on Jan. 3 each year. The proceedings of Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and U.S. Representatives have offices in Washington D.C. and their home districts to address concerns of citizens in their districts. The yearly salary for a United States Congressional Representative is $174,000.

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 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 Office. The office can be reached at (360) 902-4151 or elections@sos.wa.gov. *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 website on elections and voting: http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/

Submit application to:
Washington Secretary of State, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W., Olympia, WA, 98504, US