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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 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

Latest News

Baumgartner seeks to name North-South Freeway after war hero Grashio, Speaker Foley Baumgartner seeks to name North-South Freeway after war hero Grashio, Speaker Foley
A bill filed by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, today in the Senate would name the North-South Freeway in Spokane County after two local heroes, Samuel Grashio and Tom Foley. Highway 395 from Spokane to Ritzville would be named for World War II hero Grashio and from Ritzville to Pasco for...
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Baumgartner town hall set for Saturday Baumgartner town hall set for Saturday
On Saturday, residents of the 6th Legislative District are welcomed to meet with their state senator at the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (MAC). Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, will be available to answer questions about the legislative session and provide an update on measures before the Legislature. “I always...
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Baumgartner announces committee work session on return of Sonics Baumgartner announces committee work session on return of Sonics
Tomorrow’s meeting of the Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee will dig into the process of bringing an NBA team back to Seattle. The committee chair, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, announced plans to study the Legislature’s role in securing an arena for the return of the Sonics in a committee work...
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Commerce and Labor chair sponsors ‘ban the box’ bill, pushes for passage Commerce and Labor chair sponsors ‘ban the box’ bill, pushes for passage
“Ban the Box” legislation introduced today in the Senate has Sen. Michael Baumgartner as the primary sponsor, a major endorsement that could position the bill for passage in both chambers. The growing movement to bar businesses and organizations from requiring arrest history to even consider job candidates is expected to...
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Senate passage of two-thirds-for-taxes rule ensures taxes will be last resort, say Baumgartner, Ericksen Senate passage of two-thirds-for-taxes rule ensures taxes will be last resort, say Baumgartner, Ericksen
Endorsed six times by Washington voters, thrown out by Supreme Court. Senate rule uses different mechanism, has same effect. Requires two-thirds vote of Senate for any bill raising taxes. OLYMPIA – New rules adopted by the Senate Wednesday extend the state’s popular two-thirds-for-taxes rule, the taxpayer-protection measure requiring a two-thirds...
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Baumgartner: University athletic budgets in persistent deficit subject to Senate approval Baumgartner: University athletic budgets in persistent deficit subject to Senate approval
If they can’t get their books straight, college sports programs would be subject to Senate committee approval under a new bill from Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Baumgartner proposes that a college athletics budget that runs in the red for three consecutive years will have to submit their budget for review...
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