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Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings
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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
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) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 4th congressional district. Hastings was first elected to district 4 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hastings serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Hastings was a member of the following House committee:[3]

Issues

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by the lawmakers or their family members.[5] According to the report, Hastings secured a $750,000 earmark to replace an outdated railroad underpass with a new bridge in Pasco, Wash.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.[6]

Specific votes

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 one 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.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Hastings won re-election in 2012.[8] He and Mary Baechler advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

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.[10] 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.[10]

On the issues, Hastings has 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.[10]

The district Democratic Party backed Baechler.[10]

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
[11]

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.[22]

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

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.[23]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Hastings's 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.[24]

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, 4th District, 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

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.[25]

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.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hastngs 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.[27]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hasting's 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.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hasting's 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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]


Voting with party

July 2013

Hastings voted with the Republican Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 74 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[32]

Recent news

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Personal

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

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  2. [1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 16, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  6. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  9. AP Primary Results
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 The (Lower Columbia) News-Tribune "Trio of challengers seeks to unseat Doc Hastings," July 22, 2012
  11. Our Campaigns, "WA District 4 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Doc Hastings," Accessed April 5, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Hastings Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Doc Hastings 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  25. Gov Track "Hastings" Accessed July 3, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Doc Hastings," Accessed April 11, 2013
  27. LegiStorm, "Doc Hastings," Accessed September 7, 2012
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Hastings (R-WA), 2011"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Doc Hastings (R-Wash), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, 4th District
1995-Present
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