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Biography

Elected: 2004, 5th term.

Born: August 29, 1950, Detroit Lakes, MN

Home: Auburn, WA

Education: Concordia Lutheran Col., A.A. 1970

Professional Career: King Cnty. police officer, 1972-97.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Lutheran

Family: Married (Julie) , 3 children ; 6 grandchildren

Dave Reichert, a Republican elected in 2004, is a party loyalist on economic matters but regularly joins Democrats on environmental issues. That approach, along with a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee that opened fundraising doors, has enabled him to thwart Democratic attempts to unseat him.

Reichert (RY-kurt) was born in Detroit Lakes, Minn.; his family moved to the Seattle area a year later. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland and then joined the Air Force Reserve. He worked for 32 years in the King County sheriff’s office and was elected sheriff in 1997. He was a national leader on gun crime reduction and methamphetamine prevention. During the riots that accompanied the 1999 international trade meeting in Seattle, he criticized city leaders and the police force for inadequate preparation. He gained national attention for his prominent role in capturing Gary Ridgway, the “Green River Killer” who had terrorized the Seattle area with a two-decade murder spree that left 48 women dead. After Ridgway’s capture in 2001, Reichert was featured on television shows and in documentaries, and he published a book about the experience, Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer.

When Republican Rep. Jennifer Dunn announced that she was retiring after 12 years, Republicans recruited Reichert to run. He defeated three opponents in the September Republican primary, winning the nomination with 43% of the vote. The Democratic nominee was Dave Ross, a longtime Seattle radio talk show host.

In the general election, the national parties stormed in, spending well over $5 million and organizing visits by prominent leaders. Each candidate tried to portray the other as lacking in public policy experience and holding views too extreme for the district. Both Seattle newspapers, with strong liberal traditions, endorsed Ross for his greater familiarity with issues and suggested that Reichert was too conservative for the district. Still, Reichert won 52%-47%.

He is one of the House’s most green-friendly Republicans, earning a 53 out of 100 lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters’ scorecard through 2012. Only four other House GOP lawmakers had higher scores. He supported the 2009 House-passed bill to cap carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming, and in April 2011, he was the lone House Republican to support a Democratic amendment putting the chamber on record as accepting the scientific view that human beings are a major cause of global warming. He co-sponsored a 2005 bill to designate wilderness in Washington state as off-limits to development, and he opposed oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He did stick more frequently with his party in the 112th Congress (2011-12): He supported a House-passed amendment to block the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing air pollution requirements for many older coal-fired power plants, and an amendment to block implementation of the Obama administration’s oceans management policy.

Reichert has opposed President Barack Obama’s major economic initiatives, and in 2009 was rewarded with a prized seat on Ways and Means. He took over as chairman of its Human Resources Subcommittee, which deals with job creation. He was active in 2012 in seeking an extension of the wind-energy tax credit, which became part of the budget deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes. He joined several Republicans in releasing a March 2011 report critical of AARP’s venture into the for-profit insurance business as an argument for potentially revoking the giant senior organization’s tax-exempt status. His district depends heavily on trade, and he led several Ways and Means members in prodding Obama to move on stalled free trade agreements that eventually passed the House in 2011.

When Reichert arrived in the House, he backed New York Rep. Peter King’s bid to chair the Homeland Security Committee and was rewarded by King with the chairmanship of the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, making him the only freshman in his class to chair a subcommittee. He won enactment of a bill that established standards for interoperable communications. He later sponsored a successful bill to fund programs fostering intelligence-sharing with state and local governments. Reichert also played a small role in the 2012 revelation of an extramarital affair that ended the career of CIA Director David Petraeus. An FBI agent reportedly received allegations from Tampa socialite Jill Kelley that she had received threatening emails traced to Petraeus’ biographer, Paula Broadwell. The agent contacted Reichert, who arranged a meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Broadwell later reportedly admitted the affair to the FBI.

National Democrats have targeted Reichert since he first ran for reelection in 2006, but he has beaten well-financed challengers, several of whom have worked for Microsoft. In a competitive district where dissatisfaction with Bush would likely be a major liability in 2006, Reichert was unapologetic about inviting him to the district. Former Microsoft executive Darcy Burner, the Democratic nominee, dubbed him “Rubber Stamp Reichert.” The candidates each spent $3 million, and together, the national parties poured in more than $4 million. Reichert won 51%-49%.

Burner was back for a rematch in 2008. She outraised Reichert $4.3 million to $3 million, but he won 53%-47%. Two years later, he drew a new Democratic opponent in Suzan DelBene, who had been a Microsoft executive for three years. She ran a strong campaign and got substantial national party help, but Reichert again won, 52%-48%. (DelBene won election in 2012 in the 1st District.) In 2012, he was the beneficiary of a redrawn district that crossed the Cascades to include some conservative rural counties, and won easily with 60%.

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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Dave Reichert
Votes: 119,420
Percent: 63.43%
Jason Ritchie
Votes: 68,841
Percent: 36.57%
2012 GENERAL
Dave Reichert
Votes: 180,204
Percent: 59.65%
Karen Porterfield
Votes: 121,886
Percent: 40.35%
2012 PRIMARY
Dave Reichert
Votes: 66,220
Percent: 50.62%
Karen Porterfield
Votes: 37,083
Percent: 28.35%
Keith Swank
Votes: 10,942
Percent: 8.36%
Keith Arnold
Votes: 7,144
Percent: 5.46%
2010 GENERAL
Dave Reichert
Votes: 161,296
Percent: 52.05%
Suzan DelBene
Votes: 148,581
Percent: 47.95%
2008 GENERAL
Dave Reichert
Votes: 191,568
Percent: 52.78%
Darcy Burner
Votes: 171,358
Percent: 47.22%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (52%), 2008 (53%), 2006 (51%), 2004 (52%)

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