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Rep. Rick Larsen (D)

Rick Larsen Contact
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2605

Address: 2113 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (425) 252-3188

Address: 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Everett WA 98201-4070

Bellingham WA

Phone: (360) 733-4500

Fax: (360) 733-5144

Address: 119 North Commercial Street, Bellingham WA 98225-4452

Rick Larsen Staff
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Golden, Jonathan
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Bormet, Matt
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LeMieux, Adam
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Renninger, Matt
Legislative Correspondent
Craddock, Kate
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LeMieux, Adam
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Legislative Director
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LeMieux, Adam
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Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
Schanche, Mike
Veterans Outreach; Community Outreach Representative
Craddock, Kate
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Sabag, Terra
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Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
Sabag, Terra
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Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
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Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Renninger, Matt
Legislative Correspondent
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
McKinnie, Jill
District Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
McKinnie, Jill
District Director
Sabag, Terra
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Legislative Director
Craddock, Kate
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Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
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Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
Schanche, Mike
Veterans Outreach; Community Outreach Representative
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
McKinnie, Jill
District Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
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Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
McKinnie, Jill
District Director
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Schanche, Mike
Veterans Outreach; Community Outreach Representative
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Boucher, Thomas
Community Liaison
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Darnell, Jamie
Staff Assistant; Office Manager
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
McKinnie, Jill
District Director
Renninger, Matt
Legislative Correspondent
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Schanche, Mike
Veterans Outreach; Community Outreach Representative
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Stegemoeller, Ingrid
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LeMieux, Adam
Deputy District Director
McKinnie, Jill
District Director
Bormet, Matt
Senior Legislative Assistant
Craddock, Kate
Legislative Assistant
Golden, Jonathan
Military Legislative Assistant
Renninger, Matt
Legislative Correspondent
Sabag, Terra
Legislative Director
Boucher, Thomas
Community Liaison
Darnell, Jamie
Staff Assistant; Office Manager
Schanche, Mike
Veterans Outreach; Community Outreach Representative
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Rick Larsen Biography
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  • Elected: 2000, 7th term.
  • District: Washington 2
  • Born: Jun. 15, 1965, Arlington
  • Home: Lake Stevens
  • Education:

    Pacific Lutheran U., B.A. 1987, U. of MN, M.P.A. 1990

  • Professional Career:

    Econ. dev. official, Port of Everett, 1990-91; Dir., pub. affairs, WA St. Dental Assn., 1991-98.

  • Political Career:

    Snohomish City Cncl., 1998-2000, Pres., 1999-2000.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Married (Tiia); 2 children

Rick Larsen, a moderate Democrat first elected in 2000, takes an avid interest in issues related to China, a country that does substantial business with his state. He also is active on aviation matters to help Boeing Co., a major employer in his district. Read More

Rick Larsen, a moderate Democrat first elected in 2000, takes an avid interest in issues related to China, a country that does substantial business with his state. He also is active on aviation matters to help Boeing Co., a major employer in his district.

Larsen grew up in Arlington, in Snohomish County, graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, and got a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. He spent a year doing research on economic development for the Port of Everett. For six years, he was director of public affairs for the Washington State Dental Association. In 1998, he won a seat on the Snohomish County Council and later became its president.

In 2000, Republican Jack Metcalf kept his promise to retire after three terms in Congress. The Democratic field was cleared for Larsen when a state legislator unpopular with labor leaders withdrew. The Republican nominee was state Rep. John Koster. The general election became a battleground for political action committees and one of the premier contests in the nation. Anti-abortion rights groups and the National Rifle Association backed Koster, and unions and abortion rights groups fought for Larsen. Larsen said that the contest offered “a clear choice” on abortion, and he criticized Koster for referring to “our American holocaust.” Larsen won 50%-46%.

In the House, Larsen joined the New Democrat Coalition and leans toward the center in his voting record, although he has been more reliably Democratic since President Barack Obama took office. He backed the president’s 2009 economic stimulus and 2010 health care legislation. Earlier, he voted for the Bush tax cuts in 2001, but later expressed opposition to extending tax cuts for upper income taxpayers because it would add to the deficit. Though he opposed the 2005 Central America Free Trade Agreement, he did join with most Republicans six years later to back free trade pacts with Korea, Panama, and Colombia. He also was one of 22 Democrats in 2012 to support a failed proposal to implement a budget along the lines of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission.

Larsen co-chairs the U.S.-China Working Group, a bipartisan group of House members that seeks to build lasting diplomatic ties with China. He joined then-Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in introducing a series of bills in 2009 aimed at boosting cooperation on trade, environmental, energy, and language issues. The group met with Chinese military officials in May 2011 and was permitted to tour a Chinese navy attack submarine. The same year, Larsen got a bill into law creating a new type of business card aimed at expediting travel in the Asia-Pacific region for qualified American travelers. He joined the group’s other co-chair, Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany, in 2013 in calling for greater U.S. engagement with China on military issues, despite reports of widespread U.S. computer-security breaches that were blamed on the country’s army.

Larsen won a plum assignment in 2013 by becoming the top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation panel. Boeing is one of his major campaign contributors, as is Microsoft. He supported the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision in January 2013 to ground the company’s new 787 Dreamliner fleet over concerns about the plane’s fire-plagued batteries, saying that safety should be paramount. He joined other Washington delegation members in 2010 in seeking to ensure that Boeing received a lucrative contract to build the next generation of Air Force refueling tankers. On other issues, Larsen has pushed to secure funds for upgraded border security at Bellingham and helped get a pipeline safety bill into law in 2002 after a lethal explosion in his district.

Larsen won reelection easily until 2010, when he was challenged by Koster, his opponent of a decade earlier. Koster won endorsements from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, which inspired tea party activists to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Republican’s campaign. Their second battle was a microcosm of the two major parties’ skirmishes that year: Koster blasted the Democrats’ “socialist” health care bill and the rising federal debt, while Larsen stressed job creation and expanding credit for small business.

On Election Night, Larsen trailed by about 1,200 votes but gained ground as more ballots were counted. He declared victory a week later with a 51%-49% edge. Two years later, he became a big beneficiary of Washington’s post-2010 census redistricting; Republican precincts in the Cascades foothills were excised. With Koster choosing to run—once again unsuccessfully—in the 1st District, Larsen returned to form by beating Republican Dan Matthews 61%-39%.

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Rick Larsen Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Rick Larsen (D)
Votes: 184,826
Percent: 61.14%
Dan Matthews (R)
Votes: 117,465
Percent: 38.86%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Rick Larsen (D)
Votes: 79,632
Percent: 57.21%
Dan Matthews (R)
Votes: 39,956
Percent: 28.71%
John Shoop (R)
Votes: 8,130
Percent: 5.84%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%), 2008 (62%), 2006 (64%), 2004 (64%), 2002 (50%), 2000 (50%)
Rick Larsen Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 65 (L) : 35 (C) 66 (L) : 34 (C) 64 (L) : 35 (C)
Social 77 (L) : 23 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C) 70 (L) : 29 (C)
Foreign 75 (L) : 25 (C) 67 (L) : 32 (C) 61 (L) : 38 (C)
Composite 72.3 (L) : 27.7 (C) 68.3 (L) : 31.7 (C) 65.5 (L) : 34.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1016
LCV9194
CFG1520
ITIC-92
NTU1420
20112012
COC44-
ACLU-84
ACU04
ADA8575
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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