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 byDoc Hastings
Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture
In office
February 13, 2009 – March 11, 2013
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 13, 2003 – February 17, 2009
Preceded byBarbara Lisk
Succeeded byDavid Taylor
Personal details
Daniel Milton Newhouse

(1955-07-10) July 10, 1955 (age 65)
Sunnyside, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Carol Newhouse
(m. 1982; died 2017)

Joan Galvin
(m. 2018)
FatherIrv Newhouse
EducationWashington State University (BS)

Daniel Milton Newhouse (born July 10, 1955) is an American politician and agricultural scientist from Washington, currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Washington's 4th congressional district. Prior to his election to Congress, Newhouse served as director of the Washington Department of Agriculture and as a member of the Washington House of Representatives. He is a Republican.

Early life and career[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 Washington State University. Newhouse's father served in the Washington State House and Senate for a total of 34 years, retiring in 1998.[1]

Newhouse graduated from Washington State with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics in 1977.[1] In college, Dan was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He also is a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program.

He served four terms in the Washington House of Representatives from 2003 through 2009, representing the 15th Legislative District. In 2009, Christine Gregoire, the then-Democratic Governor of Washington, appointed the Republican Newhouse to head the state's agriculture department.[2] Newly elected governor Jay Inslee decided against re-appointing Newhouse as agriculture director in 2013.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

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. 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%).

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Newhouse owns a 600-acre (240 ha) farm in Sunnyside that produces hops, tree fruit, grapes, and alfalfa.[4][12] His first wife, Carol, died of cancer in 2017. They have two adult children.[13]

In 2018, Newhouse married his second wife, Joan Galvin, in a small ceremony which took place at the Congressional Prayer Room in the United States Capitol building.[14]

Electoral history[edit]


Washington's 4th congressional district (2014)[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Newhouse* 77,772 50.8
Republican Clint Didier 75,307 49.2
Total votes 153,079 100.00


Washington's 4th congressional district (2016)[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Newhouse* 132,517 57.6
Republican Clint Didier 97,402 42.4
Total votes 229,919 100.00


Washington's 4th congressional district (2018)[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Newhouse* 141,551 62.82
Democratic Christine Brown 83,785 37.18
Total votes 225,336 100.00


  1. ^ a b Washington State Magazine. "Dan Newhouse '77 – Farm to director's office". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Roesler, Richard (February 13, 2009). "Gregoire appoints East Side Republican as ag director". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Gov. Inslee Will Not Reappoint Dan Newhouse as Director of Dpt. of Agriculture". NBC Right Now. March 11, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  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. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Folsom, Geoff (February 21, 2014). "Newhouse latest to enter race for Congressional seat". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Oliver, Miles Jay (May 14, 2017). "Carol Newhouse, wife of Yakima congressman, dies in Seattle". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "Rep. Dan Newhouse, Joan Galvin married in small ceremony". Yakima Herald-Republic. November 30, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  15. ^ "Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. November 25, 2014. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  16. ^ "Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. November 30, 2016. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  17. ^ "Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. November 27, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)

External links[edit]

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

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Seth Moulton
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Gary Palmer