Congressman Doc Hastings


He was a political admirer of former California governor and future president Ronald Reagan. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976 and again in 1984. After he became active in local Republican politics, he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1978 and served until 1987.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the US House of Representatives in 1992 but won election in 1994 and served nine successive terms, winning each election by an average margin of nearly 62 percent.

The House Republican leadership considered Doc a loyal and trusted insider whose views were valued by his conference. Successive Republican Speakers of the House picked Doc to take on assignments that others did not seek. First appointed to the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees in 1995, he served one term on Armed Services before being appointed to the important House Rules Committee where he served from 1997 to 2009. In 2001, Doc was named as the Rules Committee’s representative on the House Budget Committee where he served 2005. In 2001, he was asked to serve on the House Ethics Committee, serving there for eight years including one term as chairman between 2005 and 2007 and one term as Ranking Member between 2007 and 2009.

Doc was selected by his colleagues in 2009 to serve as the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee. After his party regained control of Congress in the 2010 elections, he served as the committee’s chairman until his retirement in 2015.

He helped to create, and served as the chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus after it was formed in 1995 and as Assistant Whip from 1999 to 2015. He served on the Republican Steering Committee from 2003 to 2015.

Hastings and his wife, Claire, live in Pasco, Washington. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

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