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State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

I’m Michael Baumgartner, and it is with great pride that I serve Spokane’s 6th Legislative District. I think you’ll agree with me that Spokane and Eastern Washington is a special place. We in the state Legislature need to find ways to make it grow and thrive.

On this website you’ll learn about some of the things I’ve been working on in the state Senate. Things that are vital to our interests in Spokane, like the Washington State University branch campus, the proposed WSU medical school, the North-South freeway, and legislation that will unleash the forces of job creation statewide.

I firmly believe we need to make state government smarter and more efficient. We must ensure it provides Eastern Washington its fair share of resources. We must resist proposals that would make it more difficult for businesses to succeed, or make it harder for our families to make ends meet. And perhaps most of all, we need to bring our way of thinking to the rest of the state. In Eastern Washington we are optimistic and hard-working and we believe in our own abilities. We know we can do better.

141223 I-90SunsetHillSpokane 1600 widthMy career in international business and the State Department has taken me all over the world, but there is no place I would rather call home than Spokane and the Inland Northwest. I hope you will join with me as we build a better Washington.

Mike

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Senators say Supreme Court has crossed the line, urge united stand by Legislature Senators say Supreme Court has crossed the line, urge united stand by Legislature
OLYMPIA… A letter signed by 19 Washington senators declaring the Supreme Court out of order has been a long time coming, said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. The letter says the Supreme Court crossed the line last week when it announced an unprecedented $100,000-a-day fine against the state. The legal tactic...
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Open letter from members of Majority Coalition Caucus: Response to Supreme Court Open letter from members of Majority Coalition Caucus: Response to Supreme Court
The following open letter, signed by 19 members of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, was delivered to leaders and members of the Washington State Legislature Friday. August 21, 2015 RE: Open letter from members of the Majority Coalition Caucus Dear Speaker Chopp, Representative Kristiansen and Senator Nelson, We trust that...
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Session finale brings huge win, lasting achievements for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says Session finale brings huge win, lasting achievements for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… The 2015 legislative session ended Friday in victory for Eastern Washington, said state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Seldom has the outcome of a legislative session so well reflected the interests and the bedrock principles of Eastern Washington, he said. Washington lawmakers wrapped up their session Friday on the 176th...
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Transportation package huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says Transportation package huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… A $16 billion transportation package approved by Washington lawmakers Monday night offers a huge win for Eastern Washington, delivering some $1 billion to Spokane County alone and finally finishing the North-South Freeway, said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. At the same time, it makes big reforms in the way the...
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College students win as lawmakers enact historic tuition rollback, Baumgartner says College students win as lawmakers enact historic tuition rollback, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, issued the following statement Monday evening after the Washington Senate voted for an unprecedented college-tuition rollback in the final agreement on a 2015-17 operating budget and in Senate Bill 5954: “The big winners in this state budget agreement are college students and their families. Because of...
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Support swells at Capitol for naming new WSU medical school for Elson Floyd Support swells at Capitol for naming new WSU medical school for Elson Floyd
OLYMPIA… The idea of naming the new Washington State University medical school in Spokane for its greatest champion, the late university president Elson Floyd, is receiving a groundswell of support at the Capitol, reports Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Baumgartner will introduce a bill this week naming the school for the...
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