Larry Seaquist

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Larry Seaquist
USN (Ret'd)
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
Preceded by Derek Kilmer (D)
Succeeded by Michelle Caldier (R)
Personal details
Born (1938-07-09) July 9, 1938 (age 79)[1]
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carla Seaquist
Alma mater Oregon State University

Larry Seaquist USN (Ret.), BS (b. July 6, 1938) was a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, which is the lower house of the Washington State Legislature for the 26th District, from 2007 to 2015.

Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Seaquist worked for the United States Weather Bureau in Alaska and briefly in Argentina before studying at Oregon State University.[2]

Seaquist served with the US Navy from 1962 to 1994. He worked at the Pentagon and retired after serving as the Captain of the USS Iowa (BB-61).[3] He commanded the Iowa from 25 April 1986[4] through 26 May 1988.[5]

Criticism of ISC[edit]

Seaquist made national headlines when he called owners of the International Speedway Corporation as "those people [who] are not the kind of people you would want living next door to you. They'd be the ones with the junky cars in the front yard and would try to slip around the law." In a radio interview, Seaquist explains himself:

Seaquist: But the issue out here is that we've got this rich ISC, it's a family owned business of billionaires, and they come out here and propose to build a track with paying no taxes. They've exempted themselves according to the deal they are offering us out here to not pay a cent in taxes. They take all the money off for themselves and leave us taking care of firefighting, all the other things that go with trying to support a track.

Poole: So it's the deal that you oppose, not the concept?

Seaquist: Absolutely.[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  4. ^ Thompson, p. 28, gives 25 April as the date of the change of command.
  5. ^ Thompson, pp. 33–35.
  6. ^ Seaquist opposes ISC track deal, not NASCAR Archived 2012-07-14 at