Crossing party lines: KEPR looks into which lawmakers voted against their own party

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- KEPR is looking into which lawmakers crossed party lines during the regular session.

Using the website, Action News scoured each vote to see which of our local lawmakers was willing to stand against their party the most.

Representative Brad Klippert came out on top. On 54 separate occasions the Republican bucked the party line. It included his vote on a bill that would require parents to register their child for school by age six. State republicans voted against the measure.
Representative Klippert voted for it.

Representative Maureen Walsh also voted against her own party dozens of times. The Walla Walla-based Republican is already known her liberal views of gay marriage, but that's not all. She voted for a bill restricting gun sales to anyone with a current restraining order. Most other Republicans voted against it.

GOP Representative Larry Haler defied his party 29 times. Including his vote against a bill to allow pharmacists to accept free medications.

The newest Senator from our region, Republican Sharon Brown went against her own party two dozen times in her first session. Senator Brown voted against a law that would set up a gun database. Many other Republicans supported it.

Former Senate minority leader Mike Hewitt was in line with Republicans the most. He only turned against his party vote a dozen times. Most notably, Senator Hewitt was the only lawmaker to vote against a bill that would allow school police officers to search student's lockers without a warrant.

It's important to note lawmakers had the option of casting more than 500 votes during the regular session.

Even when they broke away, local lawmakers voted with their party more than 90 percent of the time.