Dave Reichert takes oath of office for 113th Congress
January 3, 2013
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 3, 2013
The lawmaker serving Issaquah and a large swath of Central and Western Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dave Reichert, took the oath of office Thursday to join the 113th Congress.
The former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican defeated Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield in November for a fifth term in the House.
In 2011, redistricting shifted Reichert’s 8th Congressional District from eastern portions of King and Pierce counties to a diverse expanse stretched from Auburn to Issaquah to Wenatchee. Reichert’s district office is in Issaquah.
“Today I renew my oath of office to serve the people of Washington’s new 8th District in the 113th Congress,” he said in a statement. “While the district boundaries have changed, my commitment to those I represent has not. I am honored to represent this beautiful and diverse district crossing the Cascade Mountains, spanning from Mount Rainier to Lake Chelan.”
Reichert serves on the budget-writing House Ways & Means Committee. The committee handles tax policy and carries significant responsibility for Medicare and Social Security — flash points as Congress grapples with federal spending in the months ahead.
“There are many challenges that lie ahead in the 113th Congress. We cannot let partisan politics get in the way of ideas and legislation that will put our country back on the path to prosperity,” Reichert said. “I will continue to work in a bipartisan way to find common sense solutions so we can put Americans back to work and get our nation’s fiscal house in order.”