Dave Reichert

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Dave Reichert
Dave Reichert.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 8
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PredecessorJennifer Dunn (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.87 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,922,916
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Sheriff, King County, Washington
Associate'sConcordia Lutheran College
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1976
Service branchU.S. Air Force Reserve
Years of service1971-1976
BirthdayAugust 29, 1950
Place of birthDetroit Lakes, Minnesota
Net worth$380,003
Office website
Campaign website
David G. "Dave" Reichert (b. August 29, 1950, in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 8th Congressional District. Reichert was first elected in 2004 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Reichert is currently serving his fifth consecutive term.[1]

Reichert is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Washington's 8th District.

Prior to his election to the United States House of Representatives, Reichert served as sheriff of King County in Washington.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Reichert is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


After receiving his associate's degree from Concordia Lutheran College, Reichert went into the U.S. Air Force Reserves and the King County, Washington, police force. He was elected county sheriff in 1997, and he served there until being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[3]


The following is an abbreviated list of Reichert's professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Reichert serves on the following committees:[5][6]


Reichert served on the following House committees:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Reichert's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security


Voted "Yes" Reichert voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

DHS Appropriations Act (2014)

Voted "Yes" Reichert voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Reichert voted in opposition to House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Reichert voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Reichert voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Reichert voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Reichert voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Reichert voted for HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Reichert supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Reichert has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Reichert supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Reichert voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dave Reichert endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [28]


On The Issues Vote Match

Reichert's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Reichert is a Moderate Conservative. Reichert received a score of 26 percent on personal issues and 71 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[29]



See also: Washington's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Reichert is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 8th District. The primary election will be held August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Washington's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Reichert won re-election in 2012.[30][31] He and Karen Porterfield (D) advanced past the August 7, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Keith Arnold (D), Ernest Huber (R), Keith Swank (R), and James Windle (I). They faced off again in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32][33][34][35]

Redistricting in 2012 added conservative territory to Reichert's 8th District.[36]

U.S. House, Washington District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert Incumbent 59.7% 180,204
     Democratic Karen Porterfield 40.3% 121,886
Total Votes 302,090
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 8 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert (R) Incumbent 37.2% 66,220
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Porterfield (D) 20.8% 37,083
Keith Swank (R) 6.1% 10,942
Keith Arnold (D) 4% 7,144
James Windle (Unaffiliated) 29.6% 52,696
Ernest Huber (R) 2.3% 4,165
Total Votes 178,250

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Reichert is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Reichert raised a total of $11,922,916 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[41]

Dave Reichert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 8) Won $1,654,833
2010 US House (Washington, District 8) Won $2,793,788
2008 US House (Washington, District 8) Won $2,855,897
2006 US House (Washington, District 8) Won $3,039,766
2004 US House (Washington, District 8) Won $1,578,632
Grand Total Raised $11,922,916


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Reichert's reports.[42]

Dave Reichert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$87,225.45$67,251.65$(59,340.81)$95,136.29
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$95,136.29$173,040.00$(67,977.07)$200,199.22
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2013$200,199.22$177,786.94$(74,508.20)$303,477.96
Year-end[46]January 31, 2014$303,477$116,155$(64,890)$354,743
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$354,743.36$171,548.45$(104,392.64)$421,899.17
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Reichert's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Reichert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Reichert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,654,833 and spent $1,597,770.[48]

Cost per vote

Reichert spent $8.87 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Reichert's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Reichert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Reichert's campaign committee raised a total of $2,793,788 and spent $2,770,293.[49]

U.S. House, Washington District 8, 2010 - Dave Reichert Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,793,788
Total Spent $2,770,293
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $4,024,786
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $3,942,493
Top contributors to Dave Reichert's campaign committee
Microsoft Corp$46,650
Environmental Defense Fund$29,620
Paccar Inc$14,800
Steelhead Partners$13,306
Northwestern Mutual$13,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$191,160
Real Estate$154,100
Health Professionals$114,138

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Reichert's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $210,006 to $550,000. That averages to $380,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Reichert ranked as the 299th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2004 and 2012, Reichert‘s calculated net worth[51] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Dave Reichert Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-12%
Average annual growth:-1%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Reichert is a "centrist Republican leader," June 4, 2013.[55]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[56]

Reichert most often votes with:

Reichert least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Reichert missed 204 of 6,447 roll call votes from January 2005 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[57]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Reichert paid his congressional staff a total of $928,790 in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[58]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Reichert was 1 of 3 members who ranked 199th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[59]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Reichert ranked 207th in the liberal rankings.[60]

Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Reichert has voted with the Republican Party 91.0% of the time, which ranked 193rd among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[61]


Reichert and his wife, Julie, have three children and six grandchildren.[62]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  2. The National Journal, "David Reichert," accessed July, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "REICHERT, David G., (1950 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Reichert," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  7. Congressman Dave Reichert, Serving Washington's Eighth Congressional District, "Committee Membership"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Reichert's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Reichert's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Reichert's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 17, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Reichert on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. The Colombian, "Reichert endorses Romney in Wash. GOP caucus," February 28, 2012
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  30. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
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  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Dave Reichert," accessed April 5, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Reichert 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  48. Open Secrets, "Reichert Campaign Contributions," accessed February 23, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Dave Reichert 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 17, 2011
  50. OpenSecrets, "Reichert, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. GovTrack, "Reichert," accessed July 4, 2013
  56. OpenCongress, "David Reichert," accessed August 8, 2013
  57. GovTrack, "David Reichert," accessed April 11, 2013
  58. LegiStorm, "Dave Reichert," accessed September 7, 2012
  59. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  60. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  62. Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 17, 2011
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Preceded by
Jennifer Dunn
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 8
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