Dave Reichert

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Dave Reichert currently serves the 8th Congressional district of Washington state.

David George Reichert, a Republican, has represented the Eighth Congressional District of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Positions on energy and environment

Reichert voted yes on Energy Policy Act of 2005 but supported the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment, to strike language from the bill that will allow oil and gas explorations in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He again broke ranks with Republicans and voted against the development of ANWR again in September 2005. In June 2005, Reichert voted yes to allow nuclear waste to be stored at Reichert broke also broke ranks with Republicans and voted no on Endangered Species Reauthorization bill, a bill that overhauls the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Critics of this legislation say that the bill would cripple the current Endangered Species Act and "punch loopholes in the law on behalf of greedy developers, oil companies and other special interests."[1] [2]

Campaign Finance Scandal

Riechert recieved $20,000 in campaign contribtuions from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ARMPAC. [3] [4] According to The Hill, Over $150,000 was funneled by DeLay and several special interest groups into Reichert's campaign.[5][6]

Since DeLay has been charged with criminal money laundering][7], several lawmakers have urged donating the questionable money to charitable causes, but Reichert has so far not done so. [8] Reichert also accepted, but later gave to charity, a $1000 donation from Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California, who pleaded guilty in a corruption case.[9]



Reichert was born August 29, 1950 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. His family moved to Washington in 1951 living first in Renton. Later, they moved to Kent, where he attended Kent Meridian High School. In 1970, Reichert earned an Associates degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon.[10]

Before he began his career as a politician, Reichert served with the King County Sheriff's Department beginning in 1972. He was a SWAT Commander, Commander-Hostage Negotiation, Commander-Bomb Disposal Unit, Commander-Traffic Unit, and an Acting Commander-Internal Investigations. Reichert was a leading member of the Green River Task Force, which was formed to track down the so-called "Green River Killer." He and partner Robert Keppel extensively interviewed Ted Bundy from 1984 until Bundy's execution in 1989, in order to develop a psychological profile of the killer.

In 1997 he became its first elected (non-partisan) Sheriff in 30 years in King County, Washington. He served two terms from 1997 to 2004, and won the 2004 National Sheriffs' Association's Sheriff of the Year award.

Congressional Career

During the 2004 campaign, Reichert touted himself as a moderate conservative to appeal to swing voters in the largely suburban 8th district. His top priority in his campaign was security, both of his district and of the U.S. as a whole.

In the 2006 campaign for re-election, the incumbent Reichert is being challenged by ex-Microsoft Product Manager Darcy Burner of Carnation. As such, Reichert has been identified by the GOP in the list of top ten representatives at risk.[11]. By the fall of 2005, he had amassed more than $1,000,000 for his re-election campaign.[12] A fundraiser featuring Vice President Dick Cheney yielded over $100,000 to his campaign.[13]

Recently Reichert has steered away from the Republican party's oil drilling stance and has aligned himself with environmentalists in hopes to gain favor with his constituents as more of a moderate candidate.[14] President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are not expected to help Reichert with additional fundraisers.[15]


Abortion and Gay Marriage

Reichert is pro-life and opposes the use of federal money for sex education.[16] Reichert is against gay marriage and has promised to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriage.[17]

Economy and Trade

In his campaign, he promised to keep taxes low. As a proponent of supply side economics, he believes the tax cuts given by the Bush administration will grow the economy and eventually balance the budget. [18]. Believing that the tax cuts would aid the middle class and small business, he promised help make President Bush's tax cuts permanent.[19] He also supports free trade policies and voted for [[CAFTA00 in July 2005.[20]

Foreign Affairs

Reichert voted no on East Asia Security Act of 2005, a bill that requires the President to report all information to Congress relative to any foreign individual or country who transfers arms or related technology to the People's Republic of China. He also Reichert voted no on United Nations Reform Act of 2005, a bill that limits the United States' contribution to the U.N. by up to one-half by the year 2007, if the following reforms are not made. Reichert voted no on Bans Use of Funds to Enforce Cuba Regulations Amendment, an amendment to prohibit use of funds in the bill to implement, administer, or enforce regulations relating to amendments made to the Code of Federal Regulations relating to license exemptions for gift parcels and humanitarian donations for Cuba.


Reichert favors destruction of seized semiautomatic assault weapons, rifles and shotguns to prevent them from returning to the streets. [21] Reichert also voted to protect firearms manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits resulting from the misuse of their products by others.[22] [23]


On February 10, 2005, Reichert voted yes on Real ID Act of 2005, a bill that amends the Immigration and Nationality Act and grants the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to set minimal security requirements for state driver licenses and identification cards.

  • February 10, 2005: Reichert praises the passage of the Real ID Act and says "A driver's license is a bridge to many things. For a terrorist, it is a walkway to weapons, planes and other forms of identification." Reichert acted to close loopholes as recommended in the 9-11 Commission Report.
Patriot Act

On July 21, 2005 Reichert voted yes on USA PATRIOT & Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act, a bill that reauthorizes and extends certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and adds new provisions to the act. On the same day he voted no on USA PATRIOT & Terrorism Prevention Act- Motion, a motion to recommit the bill with instructions to set an expiration date of December 31, 2009 for all provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act originally set to expire on December 31, 2005.

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Darcy Burner to face Reichert in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [24] Reichert's race against Burner was very close, as he held a 3,120-vote lead after an initial count. The count, however, did not include as many as 50,000 mail-in votes. [25] he was eventually declared the winner and retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Dave Reichert
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

Boards and other Affiliations

  • King County Criminal Justice Council
  • King County Domestic Violence Council
  • Executive Board Member, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
  • Co-Chair, Washington State Partners in Crisis
  • President, Washington State Sheriff's Association

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Dave Reichert. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1223 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-7761
Fax: 202-225-4282
Web Email

District Office- Mercer Island:
2737 78th Avenue, Southeast
Suite 202, 2nd Floor
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206-275-3438
TollFree: 877-920-9208
Fax: 206-275-3437

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Reichert for Congress campaign website

Friends of Dave Reichert
P.O. Box 53322
Bellevue, WA 98015

Phone: 425-455-DAVE (3283)


Articles and resources



Published Works by Dave Reichert

  • Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer July 2004. Non-fiction book. ISBN 0316156329.

Local blogs and discussion sites


Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee on Border Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee on Intelligence Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 2004
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2005
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
King County Sheriff
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 2737 78th Avenue, Southeast Suite 202, 2nd Floor Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206-275-3438 / Fax: 206-275-3437

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email: dave@davereichertforcongress.com

Campaign Offices:

1. Friends of Dave Reichert P.O. Box 53322 Bellevue, WA 98015
Phone: 425-455-3283 / Fax:

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Date of Birth: August 29, 1950