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Encyclopedia > Dino Rossi
Dino Rossi

Member of the Washington State Senate
from the 6th district
In office
1996 – 2004
Preceded by Kathleen Drew
Succeeded by Cheryl Pflug

Born October 15, 1959 (1959-10-15) (age 47)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Political party Republican
Spouse Terry
Children 4
Residence Sammamish, Washington
Alma mater Seattle University
Occupation Real estate


Dino Rossi (born October 15, 1959 in Seattle, Washington, USA) is a former Washington State Senator and Republican Governor of Washington in the 2004 election, one of the closest elections in state history. Currently, he is working in real estate and promoting his book Dino Rossi: Lessons in Leadership, Business, Politics and Life[1]. The Washington State Senate passing the 2005 budget. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Location of Sammamish in Washington. ... Centennial Fountain, designed by George Tsutakawa. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... This is a list of governors of the U.S. state of Washington. ... 2004 Gubernatorial Election County Map of Washington. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ...

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Background

Rossi was raised in Mountlake Terrace and graduated from Woodway High School in Edmonds. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Seattle University in 1982. He became a commercial real estate broker, managing and owning real estate. He is married, with four children, and lives in Sammamish, Washington.[2] Mountlake Terrace is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ... Edmonds is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. ... Centennial Fountain, designed by George Tsutakawa. ... Location of Sammamish in Washington. ...


In 1992, Rossi ran for a Washington State Senate seat in a district representing suburbs east of Seattle, Washington in the Cascade foothills. After winning a divisive Republican primary, he lost the general election. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Washington State Senate passing the 2005 budget. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Mount Adams in Washington state The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanos called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... A primary election is an election in which voters in a jurisdiction select candidates for a subsequent election (nominating primary). ... A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ...


In 1996, Rossi ran again for the State Senate and was elected. Rossi was a relatively low-profile Senator until his 2003 work in negotiating a budget deal which closed a budget shortfall without raising taxes. The plan achieved support among both Republicans and some Democrats.[3] Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


The 2004 gubernatorial election

In 2004, Rossi resigned his Senate seat to run for governor. His resignation was due to state fundraising laws that do not allow fundraising while the legislature is in session. He faced no significant opposition in the Republican gubernatorial primary as all other GOP candidates dropped out shortly after he declared his candidacy. He won the primary with 85% of the vote. 2004 Gubernatorial Election County Map of Washington. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ...


In the November 2 election, over 2.8 million votes were cast for Governor. After the initial vote count, Rossi led Democrat Christine Gregoire by 261 votes [4]. Christine OGrady Chris Gregoire (born March 24, 1947) is the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of Washington. ...


A series of recounts and legal battles ensued. Rossi led by an even smaller margin after the first recount.


After a second recount, done by hand, Gregoire a very slim lead.


Along the way it was discovered that hundreds of disputed votes, including votes by suspected felons, deceased voters, and double voters, were included in the canvas. King County's election department (the greater Seattle area) came under fire for how it handled its ballots, including untracked use of a "ballot-on-demand" printing machine[5]. Also, ballots in six counties were discovered after the initial count and included in the recounts, the most being from King County, a heavy supporter of Gregoire. Even before the election date, the U.S. Department of Justice threatened to sue Washington state for failing to mail military ballots overseas, generally assumed to be Republican votes[6].


Washington Republican leaders claimed there were enough disputed votes to change the outcome of the election and sued. On May 25, 2005 the judge hearing the lawsuit ruled that the Party did not provide enough evidence that the disputed votes were ineligible votes, or for whom they were cast, to enable the court to overturn the election.[7] is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rossi did not appeal to the state Supreme Court; Gregoire was declared governor, by a margin of 129 votes, or 0.0045%. Rossi returned to his work in real estate and on his book. In law, an appeal is a process for making a formal challenge to an official decision. ... The members of the Washington State Supreme Court are: Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Justice Bobbe Bridge, Justice Tom Chambers, Justice Mary Fairhurst, Justice Charles Johnson, Justice James Johnson, Justice Barbara Madsen, Justice Susan Owens and Justice Richard Sanders. ...


Post-election activities

After losing the election and his party's loss in the court battle, Rossi returned to his work in real estate and writing a book, Dino Rossi: Lessons in Leadership, Business, Politics and Life.[8] Rossi and his campaign's spokesperson also established Forward Washington Foundation, 501(c)(4) organization that was established to continue the goals that Rossi established in his 2004 Governor's election campaign.[8] In 2007, the state Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Washington Public Disclosure Committee saying that Forward Washington was "functionally indistinguishable" from a political campaign and as such, is avoiding the state's campaign finance laws.[9] Rossi responded by saying that he has not declared his candidacy for an office, therefore he is not required to disclose his donors.[10] 501(c) is a provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)), listing twenty-eight types of non-profit organizations exempt from some Federal income taxes. ... Campaign finance refers to the means by which money is raised for election campaigns. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ *Rossi, Dino (2005). Dino Rossi: Lessons in Leadership, Business, Politics and Life. Forward Books. ISBN 0-9773262-0-9. 
  2. ^ Election 2004 voters guide. Spokane Spokesman Review (2004). Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  3. ^ Shannon, Brad and Condon, Patrick (June 5). Senate budget deal spreads the pain. The Olympian. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  4. ^ Seattle Times staff (November 18). It's Rossi by 261; recount is next. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Seattle Times staff (April 26). More mistakes revealed in ballot counting. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on May 8, 2007.
  6. ^ Seattle Times staff (January 10). Feds threatened suit over military ballots. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on May 8, 2007.
  7. ^ Postman, David (June 6). Rossi will not appeal election ruling. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  8. ^ a b David Ammons. "In between campaigns, Rossi turns writer", KGW, 2005-10-05. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. 
  9. ^ David Postman. "PDC to investigate Rossi's non-profit", The Seattle Times, 2007-07-11. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. 
  10. ^ Ralph Thomas. "Rossi group replaying themes of 2004 race", 2007-07-12. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. 

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