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Mike PaddenREPRepublican State Senator, District 4
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Michael John Padden (born November 13, 1946) is a lawyer and politician from Spokane Valley, Washington. He is a member of the Washington State Senate representing Washington's 4th Legislative District. Padden is well known as a "faithless elector", a presidential elector who casts his vote for someone other than for whom he has pledged to vote. In the 1976 U.S. presidential election, Gerald Ford, the Republican candidate and incumbent, had lost the race to Democrat and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. Rather than vote as pledged, for President Ford, Padden instead cast his vote for Ronald Reagan, who had lost the Republican nomination to Ford earlier that year. The next faithless elector to come from Washington state would not be until 40 years later. He entered the Washington House of Representatives in January 1981 and served there until 1995 when he was appointed to serve as a district court judge in the Spokane County District Court. On June 13, 2006, Padden announced he would not run for re-election as judge. In 2007, evidence surfaced that Padden used his influence as a judge to help direct more than $7.5 million in fees and interest payments to a former employer. At Padden's request, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a statement confirming that it examined complaints about Padden's 1999 selection of a former client as the official collection agency for District Court but found nothing to support an ethics violation.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Gonzaga School of Law
Gonzaga University
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Washington State Senate
2011 - Current
Washington State House of Representatives
1980 - 1995
Majority Floor Leader
Washington State House
District Court, Spokane County
1995 - 2007
Presiding Judge
District Court, retired
Judicial Outreach Liaison
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Tanksley, Richard, Padden, and Derr Law Firm
Other Experience1 - 12 of 12
Knights of Columbus
Substitute Driver
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels
Former President
Spokane Chapter, American Legion Baseball
State Commissioner
American Legion Baseball
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, Washington State Senate
Former Chair
Law and Justice Committee, Washington State Senate
Former Chair
Joint Administrative Rules Review, Washington State Senate
Former Member
Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, Washington State Senate
Former Member
Ways and Means Committee, Washington State Senate
Former Member
Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, Washington State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Accountability and Reform Committee, Washington State Senate