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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  Hastings was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
 
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  Hastings was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
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Doc Hastings
Doc Hastings.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJay Inslee (D)
Leadership
Delegate to the Republican National Convention
1976-1984
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$9.39 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,618,075
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington House of Representatives
1979-1987
Education
High schoolPasco High School, WA
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1963-1969
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1941
Place of birthSpokane, Washington
ProfessionBusiness executive
Net worth$1,135,506
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
RIchard "Doc" Hastings (b. February 7, 1941, in Spokane, Washington) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 4th Congressional District. Hastings was first elected in 1994 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Hastings is currently serving his ninth consecutive term. [1].

Hastings is running for re-election in Washington's 4th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his career in politics, Hastings was a member of the United States Army Reserves from 1963-1969.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hastings is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Hastings studied business at Columbia Basin College and Central Washington State University and went on to run his family's paper business.[3]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hastings serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Hastings served on the following House committee:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[6] For more information pertaining to Hastings's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Hastings voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Hastings voted in opposition of 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Hastings supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] Hastings voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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 funds 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.[15] 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. Hastings voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Hastings supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hastings 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.[21]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[22] According to the report, Hastings secured a $750,000 earmark to replace an outdated railroad underpass with a new bridge in Pasco, Wash. Columbia Basin Paper & Supply, a janitorial business that Hastings owned and ran until he was elected, is about three blocks to the west. His brother now operates the company, but Hastings and his wife still own the land and the building.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hastings is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 4th District. Hastings is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Washington's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hastings won re-election in 2012.[24] He and Mary Baechler advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[25]

Hastings won with almost 68% of the vote in 2010. In 2012, he was challenged by fellow Republican Jamie Wheeler and Democrats Mary Baechler and Mohammad Said.

As of late July, Hastings had a huge lead in fundraising.[26] Physician Said and tea party activist Wheeler had under $5,000 each, with professional community organizer Baechler just exceeding that in the last reporting period.[26]

On the issues, Hastings had a record of supporting budget cuts and opposing the Affordable Care Act. Wheeler wanted to defund several major federal agencies. Palestinian-born Said focused on foreign policy issues, wanting a nuclear-free Middle East. Baechler sought to defend Social Security and Medicare programs.[26][27]

The district Democratic Party backed Baechler.[26]

U.S. House, Washington District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings Incumbent 66.2% 154,749
     Democratic Mary Baechler 33.8% 78,940
Total Votes 233,689
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 4 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings (R) Incumbent 59.3% 60,774
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Baechler (D) 26.5% 27,130
Jaime Wheeler (R) 11.3% 11,581
Mohammad H. Said (D) 2.9% 2,958
Total Votes 102,443

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hastings is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hastings raised a total of $5,618,075 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[38]

Doc Hastings's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $1,649,564
2010 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $1,056,576
2008 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $615,270
2006 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $567,224
2004 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $691,592
2002 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $343,069
2000 US House (Washington, District 4) Won $694,780
Grand Total Raised $5,618,075

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hastings' reports.[39]

Doc Hastings (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$287,813.58$77,945.04$(365,758.62)$333,205.23
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$333,205.23$183,937.71$(129,033.38)$388,109.56
October Quarterly[42]October 14, 2013$388,109.56$135,150.72$(184,723.82)$338,536.46
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$338,536$122,562$(53,933)$407,165
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$407,165.22$10,604.88$(168,895.33)$248,874.77
Running totals
$530,200.35$(902,344.15)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Hastings' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Hastings' campaign committee raised a total of $1,649,564 and spent $1,453,308.[45]

Cost per vote

Hastings spent $9.39 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Hastings' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hastings's campaign committee raised a total of $1,056,576 and spent $1,089,271.[46]

U.S. House, Washington District 4, 2010 - Doc Hastings Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,056,576
Total Spent $1,089,271
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $119,993
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $118,863
Top contributors to Doc Hastings's campaign committee
Bechtel Group$10,500
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$10,000
Boeing Co$10,000
General Dynamics$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$91,671
Crop Production & Basic Processing$61,137
Retired$39,050
General Contractors$32,375
Insurance$29,400

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Ideology and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hastings is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 3, 2013.[47]

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.[48]

Hastings most often votes with:

Hastings least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hastings missed 392 of 12,401 roll call votes from January 1995 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.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hastings paid his congressional staff a total of $908,966 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.[50]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hastings' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $681,013 and $1,590,000. That averages to $1,135,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 18.04% from 2010.[51]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hastings' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $589,013 to $1,335,000. That averages to $962,006.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hastings ranked 145th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

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. Hastings was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.[54]

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, Hastings has voted with the Republican Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 74th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[55]

Personal

Hastings and his wife, Claire, live in Pasco. They have three children and eight grandchildren.[3]

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  2. THe National Journal "Doc Hstings Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 16, 2011
  4. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Hastings", accessed January 2, 2014
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hasting' Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Hastings on agriculture", accessed October 17, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hastings' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hastings' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Hastings on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  21. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  22. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  23. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  25. AP Primary Results
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 The (Lower Columbia) News-Tribune "Trio of challengers seeks to unseat Doc Hastings," July 22, 2012
  27. Our Campaigns, "WA District 4 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Doc Hastings," Accessed April 5, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Hastings 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  45. Open Secrets "Hastings Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  46. Open Secrets "Doc Hastings 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  47. Gov Track "Hastings" Accessed July 3, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Doc Hastings," accessed August 8, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Doc Hastings," Accessed April 11, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Doc Hastings," Accessed September 7, 2012
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "Hastings (R-WA), 2011"
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Doc Hastings (R-Wash), 2010"
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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