State of the State
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There are 98 seats in the House (58% D) and 49 seats in the Senate (59% D). House members serve 2-year terms and Senate members serve 4-year terms with no term limits. Elections occur in even years with all House and 1/2 of the Senate seats up every 2 years.
State Legislative Term
January 10, 2022 - March 10, 2022. Session limited to 105 calendar days in odd years and 60 calendar days in even.
State Elected Officials
The Governor (D), SOS (R) and AG (D) are elected for 4-year terms in presidential election (leap) years with no term limits. The next election is in 2024.
State Supreme Court
There are 9 judges, selected in nonpartisan elections for 6-year terms and must run for re-election when their terms expire. Of the 9 judges, 5 were initially appointed by Democratic governors. Vacancies are filled by an appointment by the governor to serve until the next general election.
US Representatives & Senators
Senate seats (D) are up in 2022 and 2024. House seats (3R and 7D) are up in even years.
Congressional and state legislative district lines are drawn by a five-member non-politician commission. The majority and minority leaders of the state senate and house each appoint one registered voter to the commission. These four commissioners appoint a fifth, non-voting member to serve as the commissions chair. In the event that the four voting commissioners cannot agree on a chair, the Washington Supreme Court must appoint one. No commission member may have been an elected official or party officer in the two-year period prior to his or her appointment. Individuals who have registered with the state as lobbyists within the past year are also prohibited from serving on the commission. The state legislature may amend the commissions maps by a two-thirds vote in each legislative chamber. There are 10 congressional and 49 state legislative districts wherein each district elects 1 senator and 2 representatives.
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