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Rep. Doc Hastings

Former Representative for Washington’s 4th District

Hastings was the representative for Washington’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1995 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Doc Hastings [R-WA4, 1995-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Hastings.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hastings is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Hastings sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hastings 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

Hastings sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (52%) Energy (22%) Water Resources Development (7%) Animals (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hastings recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Hastings 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 …

Hastings voted Aye

Hastings voted Nay

Hastings voted Aye

Hastings 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 …

Hastings voted Nay

Passed 319/60 on Jun 15, 2009.

Hastings voted Nay

Hastings voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2014, Hastings missed 416 of 13,509 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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