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Dave Reichert
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2019
Preceded by Jennifer Dunn
Succeeded by Kim Schrier
Sheriff of King County

In office
January 1997 – January 2005
Preceded by James Montgomery
Succeeded by Sue Rahr
Personal details
Born David George Reichert
August 29, 1950(1950-08-29) (age 72)
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Reichert
Children 3
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1971–1976
Unit Air Force Reserve Command emblem U.S. Air Force Reserve

David George Reichert (/ˈrkərt/; born August 29, 1950) is an American politician, veteran, and former sheriff who served seven terms as the U.S. Representative for Washington's 8th Congressional District. He is a Republican and is the former elected sheriff of King County, Washington. In September 2017, Reichert announced that he would retire from Congress after his seventh term.[1]

Early life, education, and military career

Reichert was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, the son of Marlys Ann (née Troeger) and George F. Reichert.[2] He is the eldest of seven children and a grandson of the town marshal.[3] His family moved to Washington in 1951, living first in Renton, then later moving to Kent, where he attended Kent Meridian High School. In 1968, he graduated and went to Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon on a partial football scholarship. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in social work in 1970.[4]

In 1971 he joined the Air Force Reserves' 939th Military Airlift Group. He saw active duty for six months and served until 1976.[5]

Law enforcement career

Reichert talks about crime prevention in 2001

Reichert served with the King County sheriff's department beginning in 1972.[6] He was a member of the Green River Task Force, formed to track down the so-called "Green River killer" aided by the infamous Ted Bundy.[7] In 2001, DNA evidence identified Gary Leon Ridgway as the Green River killer.[6] In 2004, Reichert published the autobiography, Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer.[8]

In 1997, he was appointed sheriff of King County, Washington, by King County executive Ron Sims.[6] In 2001, he ran unopposed for a second four-year term.[9] A widely rebroadcast event during the Seattle World Trade Organization conference and protests showed him chasing demonstrators down 3rd Avenue.[10]

He served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association.[3] He was an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.[3] In 2004, he won the 2004 National Sheriffs' Association's Sheriff of the Year award, two valor awards, and the Washington State Attorney General's Award for courageous action.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives

Political campaigns


In 2004, Reichert ran for Congress. In the Republican primary debate, he bowed out, due to other Republican primary candidates not adhering to the so-called Republican 11th commandment.[11][12]

He defeated his Democratic opponent, KIRO talk show host Dave Ross, in the 2004 Congressional elections, 52% to 47%. He replaced retiring Republican representative Jennifer Dunn. At the same time, the Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry won, 51% to 48%, against President George W. Bush in the Washington's 8th congressional district|8th district. That made Reichert one of just 17 House Republicans[citation needed] elected in a district that also voted for the Democratic candidate for the presidency.[13]

ARMPAC, a political action committee of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, donated $20,000 to his election campaign.[14][15]


He faced Democratic candidate Darcy Burner in November 2006; he was re-elected with 51% of the vote.[16]


In a repeat of the 2006 election matchup, he faced Democratic candidate Darcy Burner. He won the general election with 53% of the vote to Darcy Burner's 47%.[17]


He was challenged by Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene. [18] He won re-election with 52% of the vote.[citation needed]


He was challenged by Democratic candidate Karen Porterfield, and won with almost 60% of the vote.[19]


He was challenged by Democratic candidate Jason Ritchie, and won with 63% of the vote.[20]


He was challenged by Democratic candidate and former sportscaster Tony Ventrella, and won with 60% of the vote.[21]

Committee assignments

Dave Reichert (left) discusses port security, 2006

  • Committee on Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee on Trade
    • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, chair

[22] [23]

Caucus memberships

  • House Baltic Caucus[24]
  • Congressional Arts Caucus[25]
  • Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus[26]
  • Climate Solutions Caucus[27]
  • U.S.-Japan Caucus[28]

Political positions

Reichert was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[29] Reichert was ranked as the 21st most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[30]

Civil rights

Reichert was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the ban on openly gay military service personnel.[31][32]

In 2017, Reichert declared his support for Executive Order 13769, which imposed a temporary ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries entering the U.S. He stated that "My first and most important job is protecting families in our region and the American people … We must be absolutely certain we have systems in place capable of thoroughly vetting anyone applying for refugee status on American soil."[33]

Budget, debt, and spending

While he was not present at the vote on the Ryan Budget,[34] he intended to vote for it but was in Washington state for the death of his mother.[35] However, he did vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act[36] and the Budget Control Act of 2011.[37] Both Acts required Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment prior to raising the United States debt ceiling. This was supported primarily by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.[38] In the final vote to lift the debt ceiling, until 2013, he voted with the Republican majority in favor.[39]


Reichert supported reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[40]

He was the main sponsor of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, a bill which would require states to take action to address the problem of sex trafficking of foster care children.[41][42]

Drug reform

On March 4, 2014, Reichert introduced the Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (H.R. 4137; 113th Congress), a bill that would prevent the use of electronic benefit transfer cards in businesses that sell marijuana.[43]

Government transparency

In February 2017, while serving on the Ways and Means Committee, he voted against a measure that would have led to a request of the Treasury Department for President Donald Trump's tax returns.[44]

Health care

Reichert favored repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[45][46] Reichert was one of only 20 Republicans to vote against the American Healthcare Act of 2017 (also known as Trumpcare).[47]


Reichert had signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge by the Americans for Tax Reform, a group run by Grover Norquist.[48] The pledge commits the signer to oppose any legislation that raises taxes or eliminates tax deductions. On August 1, 2012, he also voted to extend the Bush tax cuts.[citation needed]

On April 10, 2014, Reichert introduced the Permanent S Corporation Built-in Gains Recognition Period Act of 2014 (H.R. 4453; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce from 10 to 5 years the period during which the built-in gains of an S corporation are subject to tax and to make such reduction permanent.[49][50]

Personal life

He is married to Julie, whom he met in college. They live in Auburn and have three grown children: Angela, Tabitha, and Daniel, and six grandchildren.[51] He is a member of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.[52]

In 2010, following an injury he sustained from being hit in the head with a tree branch while chopping firewood in his backyard, he developed a subdural hematoma and required emergency surgery.[53]

Electoral history

Date Position Status Opponent Result Vote share Top-opponent vote share
1997 County sheriff Appointed[6]
2001 County sheriff Incumbent Ran unopposed Elected 100%[54] N/A
2004 U.S. Representative Open-seat primary Diane Tebelius (R), Luke Esser (R), Conrad Lee (R) Nominated 45.34%[55] 22.13% (Tebelius)
2004 U.S. Representative Open-seat Dave Ross (D) Elected 51.50%[56] 46.70%
2006 U.S. Representative Incumbent Darcy Burner (D) Re-elected 51.4%[57] 48.6%
2008 U.S. Representative Incumbent Darcy Burner (D) Re-elected 52.78%[58] 47.22%
2010 U.S. Representative Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) Re-elected 52.1%[59] 47.9%
2012 U.S. Representative Incumbent Karen Porterfield (D) Re-elected 59.65%[60] 40.35%
2014 U.S. Representative Incumbent Jason Ritchie (D) Re-elected 63.27%[20] 36.73%
2016 U.S. Representative Incumbent Tony Ventrella (D) Re-elected 60.2%[61] 39.8%


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  12. Chris McGann (September 1, 2004). "Campaign 2004: Reichert walks out on forum – Citing 'dirty politics,' sheriff refuses to share stage with rivals in race". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
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  33. Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump’s travel ban; here’s where the rest stand". Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  34. "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 277". Library of Congress. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  35. "Reichert Statement on 2012 Budget". U.S House of Representatives. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
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  43. Marcos, Cristina (September 16, 2014). "House passes bill to prevent using welfare benefits at marijuana stores". The Hill. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
James Montgomery
Sheriff of King County
Succeeded by
Sue Rahr
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jennifer Dunn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Kim Schrier

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