OLYMPIA – As he paused from unpacking books Monday onto mostly empty shelves in his mostly empty office, Jeff Baxter, the Spokane-area’s newest state senator, reflected on the last month: “It’s been a whirlwind.” In 30 days, he went from being a Spokane Valley businessman active in local GOP politics to a nominee for an open seat to taking the oath of office in the Senate chamber. He got his office and committee assignments – Judiciary, Human Services and the budget-writing Ways and Means committees – met with Gov. Chris Gregoire and began getting acclimated to the Capitol. Read more
A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley) in the 2011 Washington General Election
Age: 54City: Spokane Valley, WA
On this race: Baxter was appointed to the seat in January following a controversial selection process that Republican insiders say was intended to benefit state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, who wanted the appointment. Then, during the legislative session, Baxter announced that he wanted to make the temporary appointment permanent and would run for the remainder of the term.
Baxter owns and operates three companies that provide credit-card and teller-machine services to other small businesses. He advocates low taxes and limited government.
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Last updated: Nov. 15, 7:54 a.m. Election results
|Michael Padden (R)||20,019||55%|
|Jeffrey Baxter (R)||16,378||45%|
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As he paused from unpacking books Monday onto mostly empty shelves above a mostly empty desk in his mostly empty office, the Spokane-area’s newest state senator reflected on the last month: “It’s been a whirlwind.” Read more
Diane Baxter adjusts the flag pin on her husband Jeff Baxter's lapel before he is sworn in Monday.
OLYMPIA — Wasting no time after being named to the open 4th District Senate seat Friday evening, Jeff Baxter was sworn…Read more
Bulletin: Republican District Leader and small businessman Jeff Baxter was named to replace state Sen. Bob McCaslin this afternoon by…Read more
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Longtime state Sen. Bob McCaslin, who resigned last month, doesn’t think state Rep. Matt Shea should replace him. “I wish to state that under no circumstances would I support Matthew Shea for any public office,” McCaslin writes in a letter to Spokane County commissioners. Read more