Pam Roach

Pam Roach
President pro tempore of the Washington Senate
Assumed office
January 12, 2015
Preceded by Tim Sheldon
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 31st district
Assumed office
January 14, 1991
Preceded by Frank Warnke
Personal details
Born (1948-04-26) April 26, 1948
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jim Roach
Children 5
Residence Sumner, Washington
Alma mater Brigham Young University,
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Website Party website
Senate website

Pamela Roach (born April 26, 1948) is an American Republican politician and a Washington State Senator representing the 31st Legislative District.[1]

Personal life and education

Senator Roach received a Bachelor's degree in History from Brigham Young University in 1970, and received a teaching certificate the next year.

Senator Roach and her husband, Jim, have been married for 33 years. They have five grown children, one of whom (Dan Roach) is now chair of the Pierce County Council.[2]

Senator Roach is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).[3][4]

Elected office

Roach was elected to the senate in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 Her current term expires January 2019.

In 2010 fellow Senate Republicans banned her from the Senate Caucus after colleagues told her she had repeatedly mistreated staff and should get counseling to manage her anger. Republicans barred her from the caucus room, though she could still vote on the Senate Floor.[5][6]

Despite Roach's attempts at appeal, the disciplinary sanctions against Roach were maintained for almost two years, until they were abruptly lifted in February 2012, when the Senate Republican leadership wrote a letter to Sen. Roach inviting her back into the Republican caucus.[7] Not long after Roach was invited into the Senate Republican caucus, Senate Republicans- joining with three Democrats- utilized an obscure procedural motion to wrest control of the budget writing process from the Democratic caucus and pass their own budget.[8] However, in Roach's absence, even with the votes of the three Democrats, the Republicans would still come up one vote short of being able to pass their budget on the floor of the Senate. In one interview, Roach said, "I was the 25th vote (for the GOP), and my caucus finally did the right thing." Her return to the caucus room prompted Mike Hoover, a GOP staffer who had been verbally abused by Roach in the past, to sue the Washington State Senate for $1.75 million for creating a hostile workplace by readmitting Roach back into the caucus room.[7] In September 2012, the Washington State Senate reaffirmed their sanctions against Senator Roach.[9]

In August 2015, Roach announced she is planning to run for the county council for Pierce County, Washington in 2016.[10]

Standing committees (2013-14)

Civic activities

Special committees



SRC - Senator Pam Roach Biography].[11] 2014


Roach was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, 1996,1997,1998,1999 R

Roach received the Key Award from the WA Coalition for Open Government.[12]

Awards & Honors:

NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award 2013-14; 2011–12; 2003-2008;1993-2000; Washington Association of County Auditors for outstanding work on election issues, 2004; Friend of the taxpayer award, Citizens for a Sound Economy, 2002; Washington State Veterans Legislative Coalition Outstanding Service Award, 2000; Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 690 Recognition Award, 2000; Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs Legislator of the Year, 1995-1999; Pierce County DUI/Traffic Safety Award, 1999; Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs Legislator of the Year, 1998; Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges Assoc. President’s Award, 1998; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Appreciation Award, 1997; Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation Certificate of Appreciation, 1997; Washington State Law Enforcement Association Sentinel Award, 1996; Defender of Justice Award, 1996; Washington Retail Association Recognition Award, 1996; Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Award, 1995; King County Outdoor Sports Council Legislator of the Year Award, 1993; Washington State Dietetic Association Public Policy Maker Award, 1992; Foster Care Joint Conference Committee Appreciation Award, 1991.


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