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Rep. David Reichert

Former Representative for Washington’s 8th District

pronounced DAY-vid // RIK-ert

Reichert was the representative for Washington’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Reichert.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Reichert is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Reichert sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D

Enacted Legislation

Reichert was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 10 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Reichert sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (42%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Health (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Reichert’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Reichert voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Reichert voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Reichert voted Aye

Reichert voted Nay

Reichert voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Reichert voted Aye

Reichert voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2018, Reichert missed 299 of 10,090 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: