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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th district
January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Jennifer Dunn|
|Born||David George Reichert
August 29, 1950
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
|Alma mater||Concordia Lutheran College|
|Religion||Lutheran - LCMS|
|Service/branch||Air Force Reserves|
|Years of service||1971-1976|
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 career
Reichert was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, the son of Marlys Ann (née Troeger) and George F. Reichert. He is the oldest of seven children, and the grandson of the town marshal. His family moved to Washington State in 1951 living first in Renton, Washington, and later moving to Kent, where he attended Kent Meridian High School. He graduated in 1968 and went on to Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon on a small football scholarship, where he earned an A.A. in Social Work in 1970.
In 1971, he joined the Air Force Reserves's 939th Military Airlift Group. He saw six months of active duty at Lackland AFB, Texas, Chanute AFB, Ill., and McChord AFB, Wash., from 1971 to 1976. 
Law enforcement career
Reichert served with the King County Sheriff's Department beginning in 1972. He was a SWAT Commander, Commander-Hostage Negotiation, Commander-Bomb Disposal Unit, Commander-Traffic Unit, and an Acting Commander-Internal Investigations. Reichert was a member of the Green River Task Force, which was formed to track down the so-called "Green River Killer." Reichert failed to catch him for 18 years, during which more than a dozen murders occurred. DNA evidence eventually identified Gary Leon Ridgway as the Green River Killer in 2001. Ridgway was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Green River murders.
In 1997 he was appointed Sheriff of King County, Washington by King County Executive Ron Sims. In 2001, he ran unopposed for a second four-year term. A widely rebroadcast event during the Seattle World Trade Organization conference and protests showed Sheriff Reichert chasing rioters down 3rd Avenue in Seattle.
Reichert served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association.
Reichert is an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Reichert was one of the more notable members of the Green River killer task force.
Reichert 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.
The non-fiction book Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer, published in July 2004, chronicles his greatest accomplishment as sheriff. ISBN 0-316-15632-9
U.S. House of Representatives
Reichert was a member of the following committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, Subcommittee Management Integration and Oversight, House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy, Subcommittee on Research, Subcommittee on Environment Technology and Standards, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Subcommittee on Highways Transit and Pipelines. In September 2005, he was appointed chairman for the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology, a subcommittee within the Homeland Security Committee.
Reichert was a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Subcommittee on Border Maritime and Global Counter-terrorism, and the Ranking Minority Member on the Subcommittee on Intelligence Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment. He was a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology. Also, he was a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with membership on the Subcommittee on Aviation and Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
- Committee on Ways and Means
Reichert voted against the stimulus and healthcare reform bills. He also was one of eight Republicans to vote for carbon emissions caps. Reichert was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members. Reichert is a member of the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership.
Balanced-budget amendment and debt-ceiling debate
Reichert has generally voted with the Republican caucus on issues related to the federal budget, including bills related to the debt ceiling. While he was not present at the vote on the Paul Ryan Budget, he intended to vote for it but was in Washington state for the death of his mother. However, he did vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act and the Budget Control Act of 2011. Both the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Cut, Cap, and Balance Act required Congress to pass a balanced-budget amendment to facilitate raising the United States' debt ceiling. This position was supported primarily by Republicans and opposed by Democrats. In the final vote to lift the debt ceiling until 2013, Reichert voted with the Republican majority to increase the debt limit.
Reichert has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer-Protection Pledge advocated by Grover Norquist which commits the signer to vote against any bill that raises taxes or eliminates loopholes in the tax law.
On August 1, 2012, Reichert voted to extend the Bush-era tax breaks for all income levels.
Reichert defeated his Democratic opponent, well known KIRO talk show host Dave Ross in the 2004 Congressional elections, 52 percent to 47 percent. He replaced retiring Republican representative Jennifer Dunn. At the same time, Democrat John Kerry won, 51 percent to 48 percent, against President George W. Bush in the 8th district. That made Reichert one of just 17 House Republicans elected in a district that went Democratic for president.
ARMPAC, one of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committees, donated $20,000 to Reichert's election campaign. Since DeLay's 2005 indictment then subsequent dismissal of conspiracy charges, some Democrats urged Reichert to return or donate the money but Reichert has not done so.
Reichert was challenged by Karen Porterfield, and won with almost 60% of the vote.
|Date||Position||Status||Opponent||Result||Vote share||Top-opponent vote share|
|2004||U.S. Representative||Open-seat primary||Diane Tebelius(R), Luke Esser (R), Conrad Lee (R)||Nominated||45.34%||22.13% (Tebelius)|
|2004||U.S. Representative||Open-seat||Dave Ross (D)||Elected||51.50%||46.70%|
|2006||U.S. Representative||Incumbent||Darcy Burner (D)||Re-elected||51.4%||48.6%|
|2008||U.S. Representative||Incumbent||Darcy Burner (D)||Re-elected||52.78%||47.22%|
|2010||U.S. Representative||Incumbent||Suzan DelBene (D)||Re-elected||52.1%||47.9%|
Reichert is married to Julie, whom he met in college. Together, the Reicherts currently live in Auburn and have three grown children, Angela, Tabitha, and Daniel, and six grandchildren. Reichert is a Missouri Synod Lutheran.
Following an injury where Reichert was hit in the head with a tree branch, he developed a subdural hematoma and required emergency surgery on March 24, 2010. In the October 20, 2010 issue of a liberal Seattle alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger there is a piece speculating that some of Reichert's lapses of memory could be caused by the subdural hematoma.
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- Representative Dave Reichert official U.S. House site
- Dave Reichert for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Seattle Times: Reichert Endorsement October 15, 2006
- Seattle P-I: Burner is better October 22, 2006
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer Investigates 1996 case October 6, 2006
- Dave Reichert biography from politics.historyguy.com
- Reichert makes pitch for security committee Les Blumenthal, The News Tribune, November 18, 2004
- Domestic Violence Act Renewed With Kid Power Bill Wilson, Family News in Focus, September 29, 2005
- Congress passes bill to shield gun makers (AP) Seattle Times, October 21, 2005
- Homeland group to visit SE Texas, Beth Gallapsy, The Beaumont Enterprise, October 28, 2005
- 2004 Seattle P-I Candidate Detail
- Capture of The Green River Killer Mini-Series
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