Dino Rossi

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Dino Rossi

Born October 15, 1959

Dino Rossi (born October 15, 1959) was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, earned his Business degree from Seattle University, has made a successful career in the commercial real estate business, and formerly served as Washington state's Senator from 1997 through 2003.[1] Dino Rossi is a conservative Republican, passionate about politics and believes in the United States Constitution. He currently serves as a Secretary for the Board of the Special Olympics for the State of Washington and is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Business at Seattle University.

Dino Rossi is a family man with a wife and four children.[2]

Political history

Dino Rossi served in the Washington State Senate from 1997 through 2003. He represented the 5th Legislative District in east King County. In 2003, he served as chairman of the Senate Ways & Means Committee where he was charged with producing the state's budget.

Rossi-Locke budget

Dino Rossi's most prominent political achievement came in 2003. As the ranking Republican state Senator, Rossi played a key role in tackling a record $2.3 billion state budget shortfall. He did it by aggressively courting several Democrats and persuading them to go along with an array of deep spending cuts.[3] Dino Rossi took a tough budget proposed by Democratic Gov. Gary Locke — a budget that legislators weren't sure Locke really believed in — and made it believable. The Rossi-Locke budget saved the people from increases in major taxes and helped unleash a strong economic rebound.

Campaign for Governor

Dino Rossi is one the state's best-known Republicans, having waged two campaigns for governor. In Washington state's 2004 gubernatorial elections, Dino Rossi at first won by a majority vote, and then won again after a recount; however, after a second hand recount later challenged by Doctor Art Coday as unconstitutional, Rossi was 133 votes shy and lost the race to Christine Gregoire. Dino Rossi would later lose a rematch against Governor Gregoire in 2008.[4]

2010 Midterm Elections

For the 2010 Midterm Elections, Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray seized a fourth term with a victory over Republican Dino Rossi.[5][6] Her win was secured after tallies pushed her lead to about 46,000 votes out of more than 1.8 million counted, or about 51 percent to 49 percent.


  1. http://www.dinorossi.com/about/
  2. Kara L. Kraemer. YES! Dino Rossi has decided to run!, examiner.com, May 26, 2010.
  3. Dino Rossi for governor, The Seattle Times, October 19, 2008.
  4. Kyung M. Song. Rossi to seek Murray's seat, The Seattle Times, May 24, 2010.
  5. "The lesson I leave you with is one we learned as kids: We're all in this together. If Washington, D.C., doesn't act to help the economy grow and solve this massive spending and debt, it's going to hurt us all," Rossi said. Washington Dem Sen. Murray Wins 4th Term, FoxNews.com, November 04, 2010.
  6. William LaJeunesse. "Turning Blue" in Washington State, politics.blogs.foxnews.com, November 04, 2010.

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