State legislators older, richer, less diverse than population

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:33am
The Seattle Times

State Rep. Hans Dunshee drives a 14-year-old Toyota Echo, lives in a modest home he partly rents out and otherwise survives off the income of being a state legislator — $42,106 a year.

The 60-year-old lawmaker used to run a small business designing septic systems but says he gave it up years ago because being chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee ate up too much time.