Congressman Dave Reichert is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Eighth District of Washington. First elected in 2004, Dave sits on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He is the Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee, Chairman Emeritus and second in seniority on the Tax Policy Subcommittee and a member of the Human Resources Subcommittee, of which he was the Chairman during the 113th Congress. During his first term in 2005, Dave became only the 6th freshman representative in history to be named Chairman of a subcommittee. Being awarded such a prestigious position as a first-year representative is indicative of his willingness to serve and his history of strong, independent leadership.
Most recently, Dave founded and chairs the Law Enforcement Task Force, investigating how to reduce the tensions between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. Dave also serves on the President’s Export Council, co-founded the Congressional Freight Caucus, founder and Co-Chair of the Children’s Health Caucus, and is a vocal advocate on behalf of the disabled, the elderly, victims of domestic abuse, veterans, and children. Legislatively, Dave is a stalwart advocate of free trade, education, defense, national security, and our special needs community. As the Eighth District’s representative in the U.S. Congress, he has visited our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, joined a trade mission to Colombia in support of the Colombian Free Trade Agreement, and met with world leaders in Germany and Israel on national security policy. His priority has always been our safety, our security, and a strong economy.
Dave has gone the extra mile for our active duty military, reservists, veterans and wounded warriors. In addition to fighting for support to our military, he has been very active in pushing for key pieces of legislation for our returning heroes and veterans. The Veterans Jobs Act (HR 5712) and the Housing for Heroes Act (HR 5830) attack the problem of unemployment and a lack of housing options for our veterans. He will continue fighting for commonsense legislation to give our veterans the support they need. For those who have put their lives on the line for our country, this is the least we can do.
Committed to selling American goods around the globe, Dave led the effort to pass the Korean Free Trade Agreement. As part of his advocacy efforts, he met in Korea with the President, Minister of Trade, and Ambassador to the U.S., in addition to many other officials and Members of Parliament. Continuing his fight to increase U.S. exports, Dave traveled to meet with leaders from Singapore, Malaysia and Japan to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim countries that, if executed properly, will allow US businesses to sell more American goods and create more good paying jobs. Since Washington’s economy is dependent on trade, the effort to increase trade will have a significant impact on our businesses and help strengthen our economy.
Dave has faithfully served the citizens of Washington since 1970. While serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 and found a calling in law enforcement. Patrolling the streets of King County, Deputy Reichert quickly and quietly distinguished himself by going the extra mile for his colleagues and the neighborhoods he served. Dave received two Medals of Valor from the King County Sheriff’s Office for his courageous service in the line of duty. Dave served as the lead detective on a task force set up to capture a serial killer, and his dedication paid off when the suspect in the largest serial murder case in US history was arrested and brought to justice. Subsequently, he authored a book titled Chasing the Devil, with proceeds designated to a charity to help drug-addicted babies, and his story has been featured in many television programs, including: The Biography Channel’s Dead Man Talking, A&E’s The Green River Killer, and CBS’s 60 Minutes. Additionally, the Lifetime Movie Network produced a two-part miniseries titled The Capture of the Green River Killer.
His effort and leadership in the King County Sheriff’s Office was recognized
in 1997 when he was appointed Sheriff. As Sheriff, Dave oversaw a department tasked with providing law-enforcement services to the largest county in Washington and the 14th largest in the country. The Department had an annual budget of about $110 million and a staff of commissioned and non-commissioned employees and officers numbering about 1,100. In addition to his official duties as Sheriff, Dave served as president of the Washington State Sheriff’s Association, as a member of the King County Domestic Violence Council, and led the successful fight against methamphetamine in Washington. In 2004, his efforts earned the prestigious National Sheriff’s Association “Sheriff of the Year” award, complementing the numerous commendations that distinguished his law enforcement career, which spanned decades and will not soon be forgotten. To this day, he is widely referred to as “Sheriff” by his colleagues.
Dave’s life has been dedicated to public service. His service in the Air
Force, as a police officer, elected Sheriff, and Congressman is long, distinguished, and honorable. In the halls of Congress, Dave is committed to serving his constituents with the heart of a servant.
He grew up in Kent and Renton, Washington, attended Kent Meridian High School, and graduated from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon, where he played football and basketball. Also at Concordia, he met his wife of 44 years, Julie. Dave and Julie live in Auburn, Washington. He is a dedicated father to his grown children Angela, Tabitha, and Daniel, and a proud grandfather of six.