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Doc Hastings currently serves the 4th Congressional district of Washington

Richard Norman "Doc" Hastings, a Republican, has represented the Fourth Congressional District of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Hastings voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Abramoff Contributions

In 1997, Jack Abramoff gave $500 to the campaign of Republican Congressman Doc Hastings. The New York Times reported that Abramoff made an additional $500 donation to Hastings and that the Seattle law firm Abramoff worked for, Preston Gates and Ellis, donated $13,000 to Hastings' campaign and had a "close relationship for years" with the law firm.[1]

Preston Gates and Ellis, which had also hosted fundraisers for Hastings, issued a statement saying, "Preston Gates has the largest lobbying practice of any Pacific Northwest law firm. ... Members of the firm have hosted fundraisers for Rep. Hastings as we have for many other members of the Northwest Congressional delegation."[2]

Firing of U.S. attorneys

On March 6, 2007 during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former U.S. Attorney John McKay stated that Ed Cassidy, then-chief of staff to Hastings, called him in 2004 to ask whether he was investigating allegations of voter fraud after a Democrat won the Washington state governor’s race in a third recount. At the time, McKay was serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer in Seattle. [3]

McKay said he responded to Cassidy’s initial questions with "publicly available information and then tried to stop the line of questioning when pressed." McKay further explained that he thought Cassidy’s questions were related to internal U.S. attorney decisions about an investigation and were therefore improper under Justice Department ethics rules. [4]

McKay said he stopped the conversation by asking Cassidy whether the aide was truly asking on behalf of his boss about an internal investigation or whether he was trying to lobby McKay to launch one, which would have been improper. Cassidy agreed that such questioning would be unethical and finished the conversation “in a most expeditious fashion,” McKay said. [5]

House ethics package confusion

In a letter sent to all Chairs and Ranking Members, Ethics Committee Chair Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Ranking Member Doc Hastings, asked their colleagues for guidance on a provision of the Democratic ethics package. The letter cites in particular a new provision requiring members to register their earmarks and certify that neither they nor their spouses have a “financial interest” in the provision. The letter said that the ethics panel is considering how to define the term “request” and noted that the Rules Committee of the last Congress chose to defer to the incoming committee chairmen on the matter.


Hastings was born February 7, 1941 in Spokane, Washington. He attended Columbia Basin College and Central Washington University and earned a degree in business.

He served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, and was Assistant Majority Leader. Hastings was elected to the House in 1994 after being defeated in a 1992 bid.

Congressional career

Hastings, usually a "behind the scenes" kind of legislator, has recently been thrust into the spotlight as the chairman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the Ethics Committee. According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, "Hastings has become a central figure in an intense political knife fight, a struggle being played out on a national scale involving Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the second-most-powerful Republican in Congress."[6]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Richard Wright to face Hastings in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] Hastings retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Doc Hastings
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
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

  • Founder, Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
  • Assistant Majority Whip
  • Western Representative, Republican Steering Committee

More Background Data

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


DC Office:
1323 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4704
Phone: 202-225-5816
Fax: 202-225-3251
Web Email

District Office - Pasco:
2715 Saint Andrews Loop, Suite D
Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: 509-543-9396
Fax: 509-545-1972

District Office - Yakima:
302 East Chestnut Street
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509-452-3243
Fax: 509-452-3438

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Officials Hastings for Congress campaign website

Friends of Doc Hastings
P.O. Box 2926
Pasco, Washington 99302

Phone: 509-736-1510

Articles and resources


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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Founder, Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus; Assistant Majority Whip; Western Representative, Republican Steering Committee
Committees: House Committee on Rules, House Committee on Rules/Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House, House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 1, 1994
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1995
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Washington House of Representatives,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 2715 Saint Andrews Loop, Suite D, Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: 509-543-9396 / Fax: 509-545-1972
2. 302 East Chestnut Street, Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509-452-3243 / Fax: 509-452-3438

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Date of Birth: February 7, 1941

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.