Dave Reichert

Dave Reichert


Congressman Reichert's Statement on Ex-Im Bank Discharge Petition


Washington, DC – Today U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert joined over 218 of his House colleagues in signing a discharge petition to bring a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States to the House floor. The petition reached the minimum number of signatures, 218, to force a vote on the Bank’s reauthorization.

“When Washington State businesses operate on a level playing field with foreign businesses, they win, and hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs are created here in our state,”  said Congressman Reichert. “But when Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank this past summer, we put over 230 of our state’s exporters that have relied on Ex-Im and the jobs they support here at home at risk. Too much is on the line, which is why I joined my colleagues in taking this step to force action on this critical resource for our nation’s job creators."



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Congressman Reichert's Statement on Speaker Election


Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) released the following statement after the Republican Conference Election for Speaker  of the House was postponed:

“When Speaker Boehner announced his plans to resign from Congress this past September, House Republicans were given an opportunity to elect fresh leadership, with a positive message that unites the Conference and gives Americans hope about the future of this country. Today, we do not know who that leader is, or will be. However, I am confident that our Conference will continue working over these next several weeks to find a strong leader who will listen to the will of the American people and help put this country on the path of growth and opportunity. This is what the American people deserve and we cannot fail them.”



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Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Legislation to Save Lives of Mothers and Children


Washington, DC – Today, a bipartisan team introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, a bold, bipartisan legislative initiative to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths worldwide.

The measure was introduced by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX).

“Every day, 16,000 children die tragic, preventable deaths before they reach the age of 5,” said Congressman Reichert, the Co-Chair of the Global Health Caucus. “While infant mortality rates have decreased significantly over the past 25 years with the United States’ leadership, these numbers are still heart breaking and unacceptable. With better access to care and services for mothers and children, the Reach Act will not only help families rise out of poverty, but will further efforts to decrease infant mortality, and foster stability and security around the world.”

"Improving access to quality health services for mothers, children and newborns around the world must be a United States priority. The Reach Act builds on the remarkable progress the United States has already made to ensure more mothers survive child birth and that more children live to celebrate their 5th birthday,” said Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Co-Chair of the Global Health Caucus. “By implementing new and cost-effective strategies, better using technology, and coordinating resources, we can reach even more families and achieve our shared global goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation.  I am pleased to partner with Rep. Dave Reichert and Rep. Barbara Lee on this critical issue."

“In the past fifteen years, the international community has halved the maternal and child mortality rate. This stands as a testament to the power of global cooperation and international development,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the international assistance funding subcommittee and one of the Congressional representatives to the 70th UN General Assembly. “Yet, our work is far from over. Each year, more than 1 million babies die on their very first day of life, many from preventable causes. We can and must do more to stop these unnecessary deaths. The Reach Act will save lives while creating a better world for millions.”

“It is astonishing to see how much progress has been made thus far in reducing the number of preventable deaths in some of the world’s most impoverished countries. However, there is still much work that needs to be done,” said Congressman Michael McCaul. “I am proud to be the cosponsor of legislation that will accelerate current efforts to eliminate maternal and child deaths within a generation. By developing a strategic, evidence-based approach that effectively utilizes resources, this bill will help save the lives of millions.”

This legislation has already won the support of more than 20 non-governmental organizations (NGO) including RESULTS, World Vision and Save the Children Action Network.

“The introduction of the Reach Act today is an important step toward a goal we now know is possible: the end of preventable child and maternal deaths,” said Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS. “Last year USAID embraced a set of reforms so that they can support countries to save even more lives, and with congressional support and oversight, they can go even further. We know that this ambitious goal is possible. With the Reach Act, Congress can help make it a reality.”

“The Reach Every Mother and Child Act provides a critical opportunity for the US Government to strengthen its commitment in serving the global poor,” added World Vision CEO Rich Stearns. “This legislation will ensure that proven cost-effective and life-saving health interventions will be scaled up in the developing world, in order to end preventable maternal and child deaths in our lifetime.” 

“We can end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths within a generation, and this bill will help us do it,” said Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver. “I would like to thank Representatives Reichert, Lee, McCaul and McCollum for their leadership and Senators Susan Collins and Chris Coons for introducing a similar bill in the Senate. Every day, 16,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes, like pneumonia and diarrhea. The Reach Act can change this sobering fact by investing in and scaling up proven and inexpensive solutions that save millions of lives.”


According to experts, nearly 300,000 women die annually from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Furthermore, malnutrition contributes to approximately 45 percent of deaths among children under the age of five, totaling more than 3 million mostly preventable deaths each year.

The Reach Act is the House companion bill to the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1911) introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Christopher Coons (D-DE.)

The legislation would:

  • Coordinate U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn, and childhood deaths globally within a generation;
  • Require targets to be set, tracked, and reported;
  • Focus on the poorest and most vulnerable populations while recognizing the unique needs within different countries and communities;
  • Improve coordination amongst agencies and foreign governments, civil society, and international organizations;
  • Encourage innovative, public-private financing mechanisms; and
  • Accelerate partner country progress toward self-sustainability.

Press Contacts:

Breanna Deutsch (Rep. Reichert) – 202.225-7761 - Breanna.Deutsch@mail.house.gov Sam McCullough (Rep. McCollum) – 202.225.6631 – sam.mccollough@mail.house.gov James Lewis (Rep. Lee) – 202.225.2661 – james.c.lewis@mail.house.gov Brandon Batch (Rep. McCaul) – 202.225.2401 – Brandon.batch@mail.house.gov

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Rep. Reichert Holds Law Enforcement Task Force Hearing


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Washington, DC – Yesterday U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08), Chair of the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force, led a hearing titled “Examining the State of Relations Between the People and Their Protectors.” As a cop of 33 years, Rep. Reichert founded the Task Force due to his concerns regarding the growing tension between law enforcement and the communities they serve. To watch a video of Rep. Reichert’s opening remarks, click here. A partial transcript of the video is provided below:

…The tragedies that have occurred since Ferguson last year have deeply concerned all of us and I know that they have equally troubled folks throughout the nation from detectives Liu and Ramos to Freddy Grey to the brutal murder of Deputy Goforth in Pierce County Texas, we have seen too much unnecessary loss of life and we have struggled to understand that. That’s why this task force hearing is part of our continuous effort to restore trust and civility within our local communities so that these tragedies do not become the status quo. We want to bring an end to this and bring peace and security back into our communities and neighborhoods.”

The full video of the hearing can be found on the Republican Policy Committee’s YouTube channel. Rep. Reichert’s closing remarks begin at 1:06.35.


On July 29th Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08), House Law Enforcement Caucus Co-Chair and former Sheriff of King County, and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06) launched the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force. 

The Task Force is chaired by Rep. Reichert and was formed following several high-profile conflicts across the nation between local law enforcement and the communities they serve – particularly events in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD.

Additional Task Force members include: Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) and Reps. Susan Brooks (IN), Jeff Miller (FL), Peter King (NY), Ted Poe (TX), Rich Nugent (FL), Steve Knight (CA), John Katko (NY), and Mia Love (UT).  Together, the Task Force members have over 90 years of law enforcement experience.  The Task Force includes 4 former law enforcement officers, 2 former U.S. attorneys, 1 former judge, and 1 former mayor.

The Law Enforcement Task Force will examine the primary drivers of the recent tensions between police and community through hearings, roundtable discussions, meetings with key stakeholders. The Task Force will share their findings and recommendations with Congress and the public.


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Congressman Reichert's Statement on TPP Agreement


Washington, DC – Today Congressman Reichert (R-WA), member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, co-chair of the Friends of TPP Caucus, and member of the President’s Export Council, issued the following statement in response to hearing the news that an agreement was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“With a high-standard, comprehensive TPP agreement, we can eliminate trade barriers and ensure that our trading partners are abiding by the same rules, which will allow our businesses, farmers, and manufacturers to sell more American goods and create more jobs here at home,” said Congressman Reichert. “Here in my home state of Washington, our farmers, businesses, and workers heavily rely on international trade. Trade with TPP countries supports over 341,000 jobs in Washington and this is important because we know that jobs tied to trade on average pay 15-20% more."

Rep. Reichert continued, “This agreement, over 6 years in the making, holds significant promise for America’s future as a leader in the world’s economy. I look forward to reviewing the final text of the agreement and consulting with all of you to ensure that it will strengthen our economy and grow American jobs. I want to thank Ambassador Froman and his team for their continuous efforts on behalf of the United States and I'm hopeful that this agreement is one I can support to help open new doors for folks here in Washington State and around the country.”



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Congressman Reichert's Statement on Passage of Defense Authorization Bill


Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other national security programs for Fiscal Year 2016.

Due to a death in the family, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) needed to be home in Washington State with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and was unable to participate in the vote. He issued the following statement after the bill passed the House:

“The federal government’s first, and most fundamental, job is to protect the nation’s national security. Today, the House of Representatives voted to keep the American people safe by providing the resources needed to remain the world’s strongest military,” said Congressman Reichert. “Ensuring that our troops have the necessary support to fulfill their critical mission is especially important at a time when we face threats on both the home front and abroad.”

Rep. Reichert continued, “As a former member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, I am also pleased to see that this bill takes steps to give a pay raise to our military members and improve military recruitment by modernizing the compensation and benefits systems to compete with the private sector. These updates are necessary to continue attracting the best and the brightest to our nation’s Armed Forces.”



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Congressman Reichert's Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution


Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to maintain funding for critical government programs and avert a government shutdown.

Due to a death in the family, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) needed to be home in Washington State with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and was unable to participate in the vote. He issued the following statement after the bill passed the House:

“I am pleased to see that my colleagues in the House chose the responsible path, rather than one motivated by politics. It has always been my belief that as representatives of the people of this great nation, it is our duty to serve the best interests of our constituents. That is why I would have supported this legislation,” said Congressman Reichert. “Shutting down the government threatens our national security, compromises pay for our current and former servicemembers, delays federal assistance to low income families and seniors, and could lead to economic instability. This is not a sacrifice I am willing to make.”  

Rep. Reichert continued, “Although a continuing resolution is not a long term solution, I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle over these coming months to pass a comprehensive funding bill that strengthens our economy, addresses government spending, and keeps the government running.”



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Congressman Reichert Holds Meeting with National Police Association Leaders


Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) held a meeting with national police association leaders as part of the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force, which the Congressman chairs. Reichert, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience, held the meeting to hear how tensions between law enforcement and communities can be resolved.

“Tensions between police and the communities in which they serve are at a breaking point. As elected officials, we must lead on this issue and resolve the crisis so that law enforcement officers and members of their communities can remain safe”, Reichert said. “The conversation yesterday was a great step in trying to find solutions to today’s problems and I appreciate the honesty and information provided by the speakers. There is no doubt that more work needs to be done and I look forward to the Task Force holding more meetings with voices from all over the country in the coming months.”

Participants in the meeting included Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations, and James Baker, Director of Law Enforcement Operations for the International Association of Police.

The Law Enforcement Task Force expects to take a deep dive into the drivers of the tensions between police officers and the communities that they serve. The task force plans to hold field hearings, round-table discussions and meetings with relevant stakeholders in the hopes of coming back with recommendations that will help improve the vital relationship between communities and law enforcement.

Members of the Law Enforcement Task Force have over 90 years combined experience in law enforcement. Members include Republican Policy Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Reps. Susan Brooks (IN-05), Jeff Miller (FL-01), Pete King (NY-02), Ted Poe (TX-02), Richard Nugent (FL-11), Steve Knight (CA-25), Mia Love (UT-04) and John Katko (NY-24).

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Congressman Reichert Remarks on the Passage of the Educator Tax Relief Act


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee passed the Educator Tax Relief Act (H.R. 2490), which U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert introduced in July. During today’s committee mark-up Reichert said the following:

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And before I start, let me thank several of my colleagues here today - Mr. Pascrell, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Kind, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Dold and Ms. Jenkins - for cosponsoring this important piece of legislation with me. I would also like to enter into the record a letter of support from the National Education Association on behalf of its three million members.

Each summer teachers across the country prepare for the upcoming school year. We owe a lot of thanks to these teachers who work so hard to welcome our kids and grandkids into their classrooms. They go above and beyond to create the best learning environment for their students to be successful. Often, teachers dig into their own pockets to pay for school supplies. They shouldn’t have to do this, but if they do they should be compensated. This legislation provides the necessary tax relief and certainty our educators deserve. Specifically, it makes permanent and indexes to inflation the current above-the-line deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers. Since 2002, this deduction has helped to offset the costs of supplies, books, and computer equipment for teachers who use their own hard-earned dollars to pay for these items.

“This bill also builds upon the current deduction by expanding it to cover professional development courses. When teachers continue their education and enhance their skills through professional development it benefits all of us. The more our educators learn, the more our students learn. Like many of you, I remember the teachers who successfully pushed me to work a little harder and inspired me to try my best. The Educator Tax Relief Act is about recognizing this difficult yet important work.

“Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for including this important provision in the markup today. I yield back.”



Every year educators across the country foot the bill for basic classroom supplies out of dedication to teaching and to their students. The National School Supply and Equipment Association released data from the 2012-2013 school year showing public school teachers spent $1.6 billion out-of-pocket on classroom materials.

Additionally, educator quality is critical to maximize student achievement, as highly qualified educators will enable students to meet high standards. Continued professional development is one vital way that teachers keep their skills and knowledge current, and best equip themselves to prepare students for college and the challenges of the 21st Century global workplace. Expanding the tax deduction to cover qualified continuing education pursuits further assures the success of our educators and our children. The legislation is written to adjust for inflation so that the deduction keeps pace with the growing cost to educators.

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Congressman Dave Reichert brings over 40 years of public service experience to Washington. Reichert is serving his fifth term as the Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington.

Congressman Reichert serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, with appointments to two subcommittees: Trade and Human Resources, of which he is Chairman.

Reichert has a remarkable record of service. Decisive leadership, integrity and tireless dedication are his hallmarks. From 1971 through 1976, Reichert was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1972 Reichert joined the King County Sheriff’s Office and in 1997 he became the first elected sheriff in 30 years. Under his leadership, the county saw a significant drop in violent crime. Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As Sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.

Sheriff Reichert established himself as a leading voice against domestic violence and an advocate of strong family values. In 2004 Reichert received the prestigious National Sheriffs’ Association’s “Sheriff of the Year” award. He is a two-time Medal of Valor Award recipient from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was honored with Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom Award. Reichert received the Families Northwest Public Policy Award and took top honors in a local television network’s (King 5) leadership poll.

Reichert served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association and an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He has served on numerous advisory boards including the King County Criminal Justice Council and the King County Domestic Violence Council. Reichert co-chaired the Washington State Partners in Crisis, a statewide coalition targeting issues related to mental health. Reichert also was a leader in the fight against Meth in Washington State by implementing annual Statewide Conferences, State Meth Action Teams, and was co-chair of the KC Meth Coalition. As Sheriff, he was also a member of the KC Committee to End Homelessness. He currently serves as a member of the Special Olympics of Washington State Board of Directors.

Dave Reichert was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in 1950, the oldest of seven children and grandson of the town marshal. His family moved to Washington State in 1951, living first in Renton and later in Kent, where Reichert attended Kent Meridian High School. He graduated with an A.A. degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon, where he played football and met his wife of 42 years, Julie. The Reicherts currently live in Auburn and have three grown children, Angela, Tabitha and Daniel, and six grandchildren.

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