Jim Kastama

James M. Kastama
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 2001  January 2013
Preceded by Calvin Goings
Succeeded by Bruce Dammeier
Personal details
Born (1959-10-05) October 5, 1959
Bellingham, Washington
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barbara
Children Isaac, Anna Laura, Michael, Sarah, Rachel
Residence Puyallup, Washington

James Matthew "Jim" Kastama was a Senator in the Washington State Senate. A Democrat, Kastama represented the 25th legislative district. He chaired the Senate Economic Development, Trade and Innovation Committee, and participated on the Higher Education & Workforce Development and Transportation Committees. Represented the 25th Legislative District since 1996 until 2012 Kastama was first elected to the Senate in 2000 after two terms in the House of Representatives.[1]

Upon graduation from Puyallup High School in 1978,[2] he matriculated to Claremont Men’s College and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.[1]

Currently, Kastama is a part-time faculty member at the community college and university level where he teaches classes in Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Managing in a Political and Legislative Environment. He is also an examiner for the Washington State Quality Awards.[1]

Kastama is best known in state politics for utilizing a rarely used procedural motion called "the 9th Order" to join two Democrats in temporally shifting Senate control to the Republicans to pass a budget by a margin of one vote. The maneuver earned Kastama tremendous animus from within his own party.[3] His refusal to shift control back to the Democrats forced negotiations that eventually resulted in a bipartisan budget with 44-2 votes.

In the 2012 election cycle Kastama was a Democratic candidate for Washington Secretary of State but was defeated in the state's August 2012 primary.


  1. 1 2 3 Senator Jim Kastama, Biography
  2. "Jim Kastama: Biography". Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  3. "Crossing the Rubicon - Kastama Tells His Story".


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