|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Washington's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||Jack Metcalf|
Richard Ray Larsen
June 15, 1965
Arlington, Washington, U.S.
|Education||Pacific Lutheran University (BA)|
University of Minnesota (MPA)
Richard Ray Larsen (born June 15, 1965) is the United States Representative for Washington's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and was re-elected in each of the eight subsequent elections, most recently in 2018.
Early life, education and career
Born in Arlington, Washington, he attended Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Minnesota, earning a master's degree in public affairs. He formerly worked as director of public affairs for the Washington State Dental Association and as a lobbyist for the dental profession.
U.S. House of Representatives
- United States House Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation (Chairman)
- U.S.-China Working Group
- Electronic Warfare Working Group
- School Safety Caucus
- Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
- Congressional Cem
- Afterschool Caucuses
- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
- Congressional Solar Caucus
In 2006, CQPolitics described him:
Larsen, a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition in the House, has carved an image as a moderate that appeals to crucial swing voters in the politically competitive coastal district in the northwestern corner of Washington State. He still maintains support from centers surrounding the port cities of Everett and Bellingham.
Larsen won this traditionally Democratic district last year almost 2 to 1. Yet Larsen's voting record doesn't reflect these numbers: He voted in favor of the bankruptcy bill crafted by the credit-card industry, the Bush administration's estate-tax repeal, and the tort “reform” bill supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce limiting the right to sue.
Larsen sits on the Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Consequently, Larsen has fundraised $1.26 million from political action committees affiliated with the transportation industry and $560,000 from political action committees affiliated with the defense industry.
Planned Parenthood, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all highly rated his position on abortion. In addition, he has voted against several bills that would restrict abortion rights.
Rick Larsen voted for the 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act otherwise known as "cap and trade". Rick Larsen has cosponsored legislation that would create the Wild Sky Wilderness area in his home district and is a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.
I am not ready to support the Green New Deal resolution.
It is difficult to support the resolution right now when one of the lead sponsors says one of the intentions is to make air travel unnecessary.
In 2020, Fuse Washington in its Progressive Voters Guide noted that Larsen does not support the Green New Deal and accepted political contributions from corporations including Exxon Mobil “as recently as last year”.
Larsen has supported the House Democratic proposal for the Affordable Care Act. He voted for the reform bill in November 2009. Rick Larsen does not support single-payer health insurance. He has been quoted on the subject saying: "no, he thought it was more appropriate to stick with defending Obamacare, not to change in the middle of the controversy." 
Larsen does not support Medicare for All and instead has stated he supports the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act as a preferable alternative. This proposal adds a public option to the Affordable Care Act using the same market-based exchanges while lowering premiums by only five to seven percent.
In 2007, Rick Larsen opposed impeaching President George W. Bush saying, “I believe the American people elected a Democratic majority to make positive changes in their lives. If we took up impeachment, we would do nothing else for the next 2 years. I don't think that's what we were elected to do”. However, Larsen came out in support of impeaching President Donald J. Trump on July 18, 2019.
Although Larsen initially voted against a bill authorizing military force in Iraq in October 2002, Larsen also voted against an amendment that sought to have the United States work through the United Nations to resolve tensions instead of invading Iraq. However later in 2006, Larsen voted against requiring Congressional authorization for use of force in Iran, and again in 2011 for use of force in Libya.
Since 2002, Larsen has voted yes on nearly every bill put forth in the House concerning the Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer described Larsen as a “strong advocate for providing money to support the [Iraq War]”.
Also in 2006, Larsen voted to endorse the War in Iraq and against a mandated withdrawal plan. In 2008, Larsen said that troops will be in Iraq “well into the next administration” and likely remain “for another 10 years”. Larsen supported President Obama's proposed exit strategy which promises to remove combat troops by summer of 2010.
Representative Larsen has voted yes on the "S-Miner Act" and "Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits" bill. Rick Larsen has shown support for the interests of the Utility Workers Union of America, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, and AFL – CIO. He claims that he works to support the local Washington economy by investing in small to medium-sized businesses to help them succeed in the global economy.
In January 2014, Larsen faced criticism from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for supporting Boeing's proposal to replace pensions with a 401(k)-style retirement plan.
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he has voted yes on every transportation bill since being re-elected in 2008. He believes that "sound investments in transportation keep our economy moving," and improve conditions in other areas. Representative Larsen was one of 79 cosponsors for the SAFETEA-LU Bill to improve highways, increase funding for ferry systems, and expedite the flow of traffic and goods through border crossings.
Larsen defeated Republican Doug Roulstone, a retired Navy officer who was recruited by GOP strategists. Larsen received 65% of the vote to Roulstone's 34%.
Larsen was challenged in the Democratic primary during his 2008 reelection campaign by perennial candidate Glen Johnson. His Republican opponent for the House race was recently retired Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart.
For the 2008 election cycle, Rick Larsen's campaign's total income was $1,336,438. His campaign spent $1,155,691. The companies that contributed the most money were Boeing Co., Microsoft Corp., American Dental Assn., McBee Strategic Consulting, and Puget Energy. The labor, finance/insurance/real estate, transportation, misc. business, and health sectors were the largest contributing sectors. The major industry donations came from health professionals, transportation unions, building trade unions, retired, and sea transport.
Larsen narrowly defeated Republican nominee John Koster to win a sixth term.
Larsen was challenged by Republican Marc Hennemann. Hennemann decided to challenge Larsen after Marc received an answer he did not like to a question at a town hall meeting in Coupeville, WA. In the general election, Larsen gathered 64% of the vote compared to Hennemann's 36%.
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2000||Rick Larsen||146,617||50%||John Koster||134,660||46%||Stuart Andrews||Libertarian||7,672||3%||Glen S. Johnson||Natural Law||4,231||1%|
|2002||Rick Larsen||101,219||50%||Norma Smith||92,528||46%||Bruce Guthrie||Libertarian||4,326||2%||Bernard P. Haggerty||Green||4,077||2%|
|2004||Rick Larsen||202,383||64%||Suzanne Sinclair||106,333||34%||Bruce Guthrie||Libertarian||7,966||2%|
|2006||Rick Larsen||157,064||64%||Doug Roulstone||87,730||36%|
|2008||Rick Larsen||217,416||62%||Rick Bart||131,051||38%|
|2010||Rick Larsen||155,241||51%||John Koster||148,722||49%|
|2012||Rick Larsen||184,826||61%||Dan Matthews||117,465||39%|
|2014||Rick Larsen||67,812||62%||B.J. Guillot||41,889||38%|
|2016||Rick Larsen||208,314||64%||Marc Hennemann||117,094||36%|
|2018||Rick Larsen||135,831||72.4%||Brian Luke||Libertarian||51,709||27.6%|
- "Washington State Public Disclosure Commission Lobbyist Identification Form". January 7, 1997.
- "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- "Heck and Kilmer Announce Launch of Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus". Congressman Derek Kilmer. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- "Members". Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
- "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- Rick Larsen. "Committees and Caucuses". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "The Defectors". The American Prospect. September 18, 2005.
- "Politics Home Page: Roll Call". cqpolitics.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- "Rep. Rick Larsen - Washington District 02, Top Industries 1999 - 2020".
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- "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 477". June 26, 2009.
- "Wild Sky wilderness bill back in Congress". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- https://twitter.com/RepRickLarsen/status/1093950266565672960. Missing or empty
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- "Washington Progressive Voters Guide". Fuse Washington. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
- "Healthcare - Rick Larsen, Representing Washington State's 2nd Congressional District". House.gov. March 23, 2010. Archived from the original on August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "Project Vote Smart - Representative Larsen on HR 3962 - Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments". Votesmart.org. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "Rick Larsen Town Hall". San Juan Island Update. March 27, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
- "H.R.1419: Public Option Deficit".
- "Letter from Rep. Rick Larsen's office regarding Medicare for All". November 13, 2017.
- "Schakowsky Introduces the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act". January 9, 2015.
- "One Congressman's take on impeachment". RobLewis. January 30, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
- "Rep. Larsen Statement". Twitter.com. July 18, 2019
- "Lee of California Substitute Amendment". October 10, 2002.
- "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 300". June 20, 2006.
- "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 411". June 3, 2011.
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- "Rick Larsen a rare voice of moderation in Congress". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. July 17, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
- "PeacePAC Voting Record, 2005–2006, 107th Congress" (PDF).
- "Larsen: Troops will be in Iraq 'well into next the administration'". South Whidbey Record. January 30, 2008.
- "Iraq - Rick Larsen, Representing Washington State's 2nd Congressional District". House.gov. September 11, 2001. Archived from the original on August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "Project Vote Smart". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
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- "Rep. Larsen loses backing of Machinists over Boeing offer". January 13, 2014.
- "Project Vote Smart". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- PI.com: Larsen deserves re-election, editorial board, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 13, 2010
- Reed, Sam. "2nd Congression District election". 2012 election results. WA STATE SEC OF STATE.
- "He didn't like congressman's reply to his question, so now he's running against him". miamiherald. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
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- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- "Washington State General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
- "Washington State General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rick Larsen.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd congressional district
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