Dan Newhouse

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Dan Newhouse
Dan Newhouse official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Doc Hastings
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 13, 2003 – February 17, 2009
Preceded by Barbara Lisk
Succeeded by David Taylor
Personal details
Born Daniel Milton Newhouse
(1955-07-10) July 10, 1955 (age 61)
Sunnyside, Washington, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carol Newhouse (d. May, 2017)[1]
Residence Sunnyside, Washington
Alma mater Washington State University
Profession Farmer

Daniel Milton Newhouse (born July 10, 1955) is an American politician from Washington, where he served as Director of the Washington Department of Agriculture and is a former member of the Washington House of Representatives. He is a member to the United States House of Representatives for Washington's 4th congressional district and was sworn in on January 3, 2015.

Career[edit]

Newhouse graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with a degree in agricultural economics in 1977.[2] He served in the Washington House of Representatives from 2003 through 2009. In 2009, Christine Gregoire, the then-Democratic Governor of Washington, appointed the Republican Newhouse to head the state's agriculture department.[3]

In February 2014, Newhouse entered the Republican primary for Washington's 4th congressional district. The incumbent, fellow 10-term Republican Doc Hastings, did not run in the 2014 elections.[4] He and fellow Republican Clint Didier advanced to the November election after finishing in the top two in the August primary election,[5] marking the first time that two Republican candidates would square off in a general election since the state adopted the "top two" primary system. However, the 4th is the most Republican district in Washington and one of the most Republican districts on the West Coast, and it was very likely that a Republican would win in any event. The race on November 4 was very close, and was seen as a battle between the factions of the GOP; Newhouse is considered a mainstream Republican while Didier openly identified with the Tea Party movement. On November 4, 2014, Newhouse defeated Didier, by a margin of 51%-49%.[6][7]

Newhouse faced Didier in a rematch in 2016, placing first in the blanket primary with 44,720 votes (45.77%) to Didier's 26,892 (27.53%). In the general election, Newhouse decisively defeated Didier, by 132,517 votes (57.64%) to 97,402 (42.36%).

Personal life[edit]

Newhouse was raised on a farm in Sunnyside, east of Yakima, by his parents, Ruth and Irv Newhouse, with four sisters and a brother. Both of his parents and all of his siblings graduated from WSU. Newhouse's father served in the Washington State House and Senate for a total of 34 years, retiring in 1998.[2] He owns a 600-acre (240 ha) farm in Sunnyside.[4]

Newhouse's wife, Carol, died of cancer in 2017. They have two adult children.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newhouse’s Wife Carol Dies Days Before 35th Anniversary (RollCall article-May 15, 2017
  2. ^ a b Washington State Magazine. "Dan Newhouse ’77 – Farm to director's office". Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dan Newhouse tapped to head Washington state Agriculture Department". The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Former state ag director Newhouse officially joins 4th District race". yakimaherald.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse: All-Republican contest for Congress". Strange Bedfellows – Politics News. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Newhouse beats Didier in 4th congressional district, khq.com; accessed November 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tea Party turned back", blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics; accessed November 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Oliver, Miles Jay (May 14, 2017). "Carol Newhouse, wife of Yakima congressman, dies in Seattle". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Doc Hastings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Seth Moulton
D-Massachusetts
United States Representatives by seniority
358th
Succeeded by
Gary Palmer
R-Alabama