Legislators improve attendance in legislative, special session votes
July 16, 2013
By Kristine Kim
In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers.
WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.
Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.
Rodne, a North Bend Republican and Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, had the most missed votes of local legislators at 77. The next person with the most missed votes on the list of local legislators was state Sen. Mark Mullet, with 17.
“There are many reasons why legislators miss votes, such as civic or public service obligations, legislative negotiations and medical and family emergencies,” Franz W. Gregory, director of WashingtonVotes.org, said in a statement.
On the online posting of the same list of missed votes, WashingtonVotes.org includes the disclaimer note that users of the list should “always ask before jumping to conclusions” about a legislator’s record of missed votes.
As a result, the organization gives those lawmakers with the highest number of absences a chance to respond to the report.
“I was absent due to military reserve duty and prior family commitments during the special session,” Rodne said in a statement to WashingtonVotes.org.
According to a report last year regarding Rodne’s 62 absences during the 2012 Legislative session, he is unable to be excused from his military reserve obligations.
Three local lawmakers from the 5th and 41st legislative districts joined the ranks of 50 other Washington legislators who didn’t miss any votes in this year’s session. Ten of all the Washington state politicians missed more than 50 votes.
The 2013 Legislative session included 694 roll-call votes for the House and 619 for the senate.
According to WashingtonVotes.org, the missed votes include “all roll calls in which a legislator did not vote, regardless of whether the legislator was present or absent.”
By the numbers
Issaquah’s legislators cover the 5th, 41st and 48th legislative districts.
5th Legislative District
- Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah — 0 missed votes
- Mark Mullet,
D-Issaquah — 17
- Jay Rodne, R-North Bend — 77
- 1st Legislative District
- Steve Litzow,
R-Bellevue — 0
- Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton — 0
- Judy Clibborn, D-Olympia — 15
8th Legislative District
- Ross Hunter,
D-Medina — 2
- Cyrus Habib,
D-Kirkland — 1
- Rodney Tom,
D-Bellevue — 1