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Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Jennifer Dunn
Personal details
Born David George Reichert
(1950-08-29) August 29, 1950
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Reichert
Children Angela
Alma mater Concordia University, Oregon
Religion Lutheranism
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1971–1976
Unit Air Force Reserve Command emblem U.S. Air Force Reserve

David George "Dave" Reichert (; born August 29, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for Washington's 8th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as sheriff of King County, Washington.


  • Early life, education and military career 1
  • Law enforcement career 2
  • U.S. House of Representatives 3
    • Political campaigns 3.1
    • Committee assignments 3.2
    • Tenure 3.3
  • Electoral history 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life, education and military career

Reichert was born in

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jennifer Dunn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Price
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

External links

  1. ^ "Dave Reichert Elected U.S. Representative District 8 Washington". 
  2. ^ a b c d "Congressman Dave Richert".  
  3. ^ "Seattle P-I, LWV Voter's Guide – Dave Reichert".  
  4. ^ "Nine New Veterans Join Congress". Veterans of Foreign Wars. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Sims appoints police professional as new King County Sheriff".  
  6. ^ Reichert, David (July 28, 2004). Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer. New York City, NY:  
  7. ^ "King County Elections King County Local Voters Pamphlet November 6, 2001 General Election".  
  8. ^ Rick Anderson he (2000-01-12). "Cop on the run".  
  9. ^ Warren Cornwall (2004-09-01). "Offended by ads, Reichert walks out on forum". Seattle Times. 
  10. ^ Chris McGann (2004-09-01). "Campaign 2004: Reichert walks out on forum – Citing 'dirty politics,' sheriff refuses to share stage with rivals in race".  
  11. ^ Rachel Kapochunas (2006-08-01). "Updated Forecast: Republican Reichert Faces Tougher Fight in Wash.".  
  12. ^ Alicia Mundy (2005-10-06). "Hastings says ethics panel won't investigate DeLay". Seattle Times. 
  13. ^ Chris McGann (2004-10-09). "'"Campaign 2004: DeLay to help Reichert campaign – Democrats label him 'ethically challenged.  
  14. ^ Toby Chaudhuri (2005-10-27). "Lawmakers with Corrupt Rep. DeLay Funds Asked to Make Charitable Contributions for Hurricane Relief".  
  15. ^ "Reichert appears headed for victory". The Seattle Times. 2006-11-11. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  16. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  17. ^ "Democrats tap DelBene in 8th District congressional race – Bellevue Reporter". 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  18. ^ Reed, Sam. "Congressional District 8 elections". WA STATE SEC OF STATE. 
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  21. ^ Chris Geidner, House Passes DADT Repeal Bill, Metro Weekly (December 15, 2010).
  22. ^ House Vote 638 – Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', New York Times (December 15, 2010).
  23. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 277". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  24. ^ "Reichert Statement on 2012 Budget". U.S House of Representatives. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  25. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 606". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  26. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 677". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  27. ^ "How Different Types of Republicans Voted on the Revised Debt Plan". New York Times. August 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  28. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 690". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  29. ^ "The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers 112th Congressional List". Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  30. ^ Jennifer Bendery (11 December 2012). "Violence Against Women Act: John Boehner, Eric Cantor Pressured By Republicans To Act". Huffington Post. 
  31. ^ Summary of the "Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act". House Ways and Means Committee (U.S. Congress). 2014-02-14 (Retrieved 2014-02-19)
  32. ^ "Reichert, Doggett, Introduce Bill to Prevent Child Sex Trafficking" (Press release). House Ways and Committee, Chairman Dave Camp (U.S. Congress). 2014-02-14 (Retrieved 2014-02-19)
  33. ^ "RMSP Members". Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  34. ^ Marcos, Cristina (16 September 2014). "House passes bill to prevent using welfare benefits at marijuana stores". The Hill. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  35. ^ "H.R. 4453 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  36. ^ Marcos, Cristina (9 June 2014). "This week: Lawmakers to debate appropriations, VA, student loans". The Hill. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  37. ^ Archived November 8, 2001 at the Wayback Machine
  38. ^ "Washington State Primary – September 14, 2004". 
  39. ^ "Elections 2004 – U.S. House – Washington District 8". The Washington Post. 
  40. ^ Andrew Villeneuve (July 13, 2010). "Delbene strikes clear contrast with incumbent Reichert in 8th District". 
  41. ^ "Elections 2008 – U.S. House – Washington District 8". CNN. 
  42. ^ "Election 2010, Washington".  
  43. ^ Reed, Sam. "Congressional District 8 elections". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Congressman Dave Reichert". 
  45. ^ "Congress includes 19 Lutherans". 2004-12-27. 
  46. ^ Info (2009-08-18). "The Borgen Project: Congressman Reichert". Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  47. ^ Hunt, Kasie (October 2, 2010). "Dave Reichert knocks down health rumors". Politico. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 


In 2010, he developed a subdural hematoma and required emergency surgery, following an injury he sustained from being hit in the head with a tree branch, while chopping firewood in his backyard.[47]

In 2009, he became an global poverty legislation.[46]

He is married to Julie, whom he met in college. They live in Auburn and have three grown children: Angela, Tabitha, and Daniel and six grandchildren.[44] He is a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.[45]

Personal life

Date Position Status Opponent Result Vote share Top-opponent vote share
1997 County sheriff Appointed[5]
2001 County sheriff Incumbent Ran unopposed Elected 100%[37] N/A
2004 U.S. Representative Open-seat primary Diane Tebelius (R), Luke Esser (R), Conrad Lee (R) Nominated 45.34%[38] 22.13% (Tebelius)
2004 U.S. Representative Open-seat Dave Ross (D) Elected 51.50%[39] 46.70%
2006 U.S. Representative Incumbent Darcy Burner (D) Re-elected 51.4%[40] 48.6%
2008 U.S. Representative Incumbent Darcy Burner (D) Re-elected 52.78%[41] 47.22%
2010 U.S. Representative Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) Re-elected 52.1%[42] 47.9%
2012 U.S. Representative Incumbent Karen Porterfield (D) Re-elected 59.65%[43] 40.35%

Electoral history

On April 10, 2014, Reichert introduced the Permanent S Corporation Built-in Gains Recognition Period Act of 2014 (H.R. 4453; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce from 10 to 5 years the period during which the built-in gains of an S corporation are subject to tax and to make such reduction permanent.[35][36]

On March 4, 2014, Reichert introduced the Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (H.R. 4137; 113th Congress), a bill that would prevent the use of electronic benefit transfer cards in businesses that sell marijuana.[34]

He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[33]

He is the main sponsor of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, a bill which would require states to take action to address the problem of sex trafficking of foster care children.[31][32]

Reichert supported reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[30]

Reichert has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge by the Americans for Tax Reform, a group run by Grover Norquist.[29] The pledge commits the signer to oppose any legislation that raises taxes or eliminates tax deductions. On August 1, 2012, he also voted to extend the Bush tax cuts.

While he was not present at the vote on the Ryan Budget,[23] he intended to vote for it but was in Washington state for the death of his mother.[24] However, he did vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act[25] and the Budget Control Act of 2011.[26] Both Acts required Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment prior to raising the United States debt ceiling. This was supported primarily by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.[27] In the final vote to lift the debt ceiling, until 2013, he voted with the Republican majority in favor.[28]

He voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also was one of eight Republicans to vote for carbon emissions caps. He was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the ban on openly gay military service personnel.[21][22]


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Representative Dave Reichert (left)

Committee assignments

He was challenged by Democratic candidate Karen Porterfield, and won with almost 60% of the vote.[18]


He was challenged by Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene. [17] He won re-election with 52% of the vote.


In a repeat of the 2006 election matchup, he faced Democratic candidate Darcy Burner. He won the general election with 53% of the vote to Darcy Burner's 47%.[16]


He faced Democratic candidate Darcy Burner in November 2006; he was re-elected with 51% of the vote.[15]


ARMPAC, a political action committee of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, donated $20,000 to his election campaign.[12][13] After the 2005 indictment of DeLay on conspiracy charges, the Campaign for America's Future urged Reichert and others who had received funds, to either return or donate the money. However he declined to do so.[14]

He defeated his Democratic opponent, 8th district. That made Reichert one of just 17 House Republicans elected in a district that also voted for the Democratic candidate for the presidency.[11]

In 2004, Reichert ran for Congress. In the Republican primary debate, he bowed out, due to other Republican primary candidates not adhering to the so-called Republican 11th commandment.[9][10]


Political campaigns

U.S. House of Representatives

He served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association.[2] He was an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.[2] In 2004, he won the 2004 National Sheriffs' Association's Sheriff of the Year award, two valor awards and the Washington State Atty. General's Award for courageous action.[2]

In 1997, he was appointed sheriff of Seattle.[8]

He served with the King County sheriff's department beginning in 1972.[5] He was a member of the Green River Task Force, formed to track down the so-called "Green River killer." In 2001, DNA evidence identified Gary Leon Ridgway as the Green River killer.[5] In 2004, he published the autobiography, "Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer." [6]

Law enforcement career

In 1971, he joined the Air Force Reserves' 939th Military Airlift Group. He saw active duty for six months and served until 1976.[4]

[3], in work degree in Associate of Arts. He earned an football scholarship, on a modest Portland, Oregon, in Concordia Lutheran College. In 1968, he graduated and went to Kent Meridian High School, where he attended Kent, then later moving to Renton, Washington, in 1951, living first in Washington State His family moved to [2].marshal He is the eldest of seven children and a grandson of the town [1]

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