Jack Metcalf

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Not to be confused with Blind Jack Metcalf or Jack Metcalfe.
Jack Metcalf
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Al Swift
Succeeded by Rick Larsen
Personal details
Born November 30, 1927
Marysville, Washington
Died March 15, 2007(2007-03-15) (aged 79)
Langley, Washington
Political party Republican

Jack Metcalf (November 30, 1927 – March 15, 2007) was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. He represented the 2nd Congressional District of Washington as a Republican.

Metcalf was born in Marysville, Washington. After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Army, and was discharged in 1947. He then worked for two years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a marshal in Alaska. Metcalf received a bachelor's degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University in 1951, and a master's degree from the University of Washington in 1966. Metcalf worked as a teacher for thirty years, later retiring to run a bed and breakfast on his family's homestead at Langley, Washington.

Metcalf was first elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1960, representing the 38th District. Defeated for a third term in 1964, he was elected to the Washington State Senate in 1966 from the 21st District and served until 1974, and served again from the 10th District from 1980 to 1992. He twice ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Democrat Warren G. Magnuson for United States Senate in 1968 and 1974. In 1992, Metcalf again sought national office, but was unable to defeat incumbent Democrat Al Swift in the House election.

With Swift retiring from the House in 1994, Metcalf ran yet again. This time, he was elected; he was re-elected in 1996 and 1998. A supporter of term limits such as those proposed in the 1994 Contract with America (which Metcalf had signed), Metcalf did not run for re-election in 2000 in order to honor his self-imposed term-limit of three two-year terms.

A Goldwater conservative, during the latter part of his political career Metcalf was known as an opponent of the Federal Reserve, which he considered unconstitutional. He also built a close relationship with many in organized labor, especially with the building trade unions. In his last term in office (1998–2000) he surprised some observers by taking some additional positions unusual for a conservative Republican, such as working with Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protest whaling by the Makah people, and hiring Washington state antiwar speaker and writer Craig B. Hulet [1] as a special assistant. He also cosponsored legislation with Congressman Dennis Kucinich to label genetically modified foods.

Metcalf also demonstrated a strong pragmatic streak while serving in Congress, including seeking out a position as a conferee on the TEA-21 Act of 1998. He delivered significant funding for a number of transportation infrastructure programs because of this work.

He was also a strong supporter of both Boeing and its workers. In 1999 shortly after the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 (a Boeing 767) he and his wife travelled to Egypt via EgyptAir in order to show his confidence in the professionalism of the Egyptian flight crews and airlines, as well as the aircraft they flew.

A number of Metcalf's staff went on to run for or service in public office including State Representatives Kirk Pearson (39th leg.), Chris Strow (10th leg.) and Norma Smith (10th leg.). Lew Moore who served as Chief of Staff for much of Metcalf's tenure ran for Snohomish County Executive in 1999 and served as Campaign Manager for Congressman Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.

Metcalf died at age 79 at an Alzheimer's care facility in Oak Harbor.

On May 8, 2008 the Clinton ferry terminal in Clinton, Washington was named after Metcalf, in part for his work to secure funding for safety improvements to it while a Member of Congress.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Al Swift
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd congressional district

1995–2001
Succeeded by
Rick Larsen