Friends,

 

After spending time this summer with family and friends, reflecting on the past and discussing the future, celebrating another birthday, I have determined that this will be my last term in Congress and I will not seek reelection in 2018.

 

It has been an honor to serve Washington State and the country for nearly five decades. First, in the US Air Force Reserves for 7 years, then in King County Sheriff’s office for 33 years, and most recently representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District in Congress. I have been humbled to have been afforded the privilege to be your voice in Washington, D.C.

 

Many of you have been supporters of mine since day one. Without people like you, the opportunity I’ve had to serve our community would not have been possible. I will forever be grateful for the hours spent volunteering on our campaign, the financial support you provided, and above all, your friendship. I will never forget it.

 

Over my time in Congress, I have been able to crisscross our region meeting with orchardists in Chelan County, manufacturers in Auburn, tech leaders in Snoqualmie, educators in Maple Valley, retailers in Issaquah and many, many more of the country’s best and brightest.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this opportunity.

 

Campaigning in a swing district, and representing over 700,000 constituents is an arduous task requiring a strong team. My team (campaign and official), many of which have been with me since the beginning, have consistently risen to the occasion, serving our community with a heart of a servant, tackling every challenge that has come our way. I am immensely proud of the work my team has done and am confident they will continue to do so in their next journey.

 

This decision has been difficult to say the least but the love for my family ultimately guided my decision. I look forward to spending time with my wife, Julie, our three grown children and six grandchildren. They have my deepest gratitude for their sacrifices over the last five decades and I look forward to more time together.

 

As I finish my last term in the House of Representatives, I will continue to fight for hard working families, small business and all that makes our community great. After this term concludes, I will remain engaged in our community and look forward to opening the door to new opportunities to help people whenever I can.

 

I will forever be grateful for your continued friendship and support and look forward to the next chapter.

 

Sincerely,

Dave

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PO Box 2032 · Issaquah, WA 98027