Dave Reichert takes oath of office for 113th Congress

January 3, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 3, 2013

Dave Reichert

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.”

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5 Responses to “Dave Reichert takes oath of office for 113th Congress”

  1. Rick13 on January 3rd, 2013 9:59 pm

    That is just about perfect. Dave Reichert a do nothing Sheriff in a do nothing Congress . How many women did Gary Ridgeway kill while you were Sheriff Dave ?

  2. Sally on January 3rd, 2013 11:49 pm

    Well isn’t he special. As a non self starter he fits into his caucus very well. And guess what?, Slick Slade had to take all that Chelan/Wenatchee area into District 8 to make sure Reichert would never be threatened. There was egregious gerrymandering all through the states but this one tops them all. From a basically forward thinking district to one living in the 19th century. DR doesn’t have much to brag about in his do nothingness, so being sworn into a do nothing regressive caucus doesn’t really make for news.

  3. Smoley on January 4th, 2013 12:51 pm


    I suppose it would come as a surprise to you that both Gorton and Tim Ceis (senate democrat) were tasked with coming up with the final redistricting map and then it had to be approved by the democrat-controlled state legislature? In otherwords, compromises were made that seem to prefer protection for all incumbents in the state.

    I imagine having an (R) next to your congressman’s name is a bitter pill for someone like you to swallow, but perhaps you can focus on the positives – he’s got great hair and his office is right here in town.

  4. Sally on January 4th, 2013 5:24 pm

    Smoky you have had this conversation before. Yes to be honest I would prefer a D because regression, pledging to Norquist, voting against women, children, the poor, the old, most of the time the environment, voting the way ” the leader tells me”, being a non thinker just diesnt seem like some one who wants or is capable of working to be part of any solution. And yes I did know that there were two dems on the redistricting committee, neither strong enough for slick Slade. Ceis was not able. To put us into that area on the other side of the mountains was diengenuous and egregious and should have been challenged by the state. Granted DR is basically harmless but if he loses it will be to the likes of a Didier. You may like that. And this will be a ten year travesty. I am happy for you though. And I know a good bit of district eight lifted the bubbly. It is a sad commentary.

  5. Sally on January 4th, 2013 5:24 pm

    Sorry about the typos.

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