A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington) in the 2012 Washington General Election
City: Ritzville, Washington
Education: Graduated from Ritzville High School in 1975. Earned an agriculture business degree from Spokane Community College in 1977.
Work experience: Worked at Federal Crop Insurance until 1978. Farmer and rancher since 1978.
Political experience: Elected to the Senate in 2004, 2008, and 2016. Serves as House minority leader.
Family: Married to wife Ginger Schoesler and has two children.
Campaign fundraising: $315, 444 as of Monday, according to the Public Disclosure Commission. Top donations include $3,500 from Building Owners and Managers Association Political Action Committee of Washington State, $2,500 from the Entertainment Software Association and Warden Hutterian Brethren. Monsanto, Microsoft, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association PAC, Nisqually Indian Tribe and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe each donated $2,000.