|Name||Richard "Doc" Hastings|
Pasco, Washington , United States
|| February 07, 1941
Nov 03, 2017 02:45am
Married - Catholic -
|Info||Doc Hastings won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 to serve the citizens of Central Washington's Fourth Congressional District. He was re-elected to a fifth term in 2002 with 67 percent of the vote. |
Hastings' legislative success during his first term and his willingness to resolve controversial issues facing Congress earned him a coveted spot on the House Rules Committee in just his second term. Hastings, who now ranks sixth among Republican members on this powerful committee, helps control the flow of all legislation to the House floor and determine which amendments will be put to a vote by the full House. His membership on this committee gives Central Washington greater influence on all legislation considered by Congress.
Due to the importance of the Rules Committee its members are traditionally barred from serving on other legislative Committees. In January 2000, however, the Speaker of the House appointed Hastings to a newly created seat on the Budget Committee, which sets the yearly framework for all federal spending and tax relief. Hastings plans to use his position on the Budget Committee to look out for Central Washington priorities including agriculture, Hanford, and rural development.
In January 1999, Hastings was appointed Assistant Majority Whip, which puts him in a position to help move the Republican legislative agenda through Congress. He is responsible for tracking how GOP members will vote on upcoming legislation and for securing the votes necessary to ensure the legislation is passed.
Hastings is the founder and Chairman of the House Nuclear Clean-Up Caucus. Hastings also serves as a member of the Northwest Energy Caucus, the Western Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Rural Health Care Coalition.
Hastings is an experienced political leader. From 1979 to 1987, he served in the Washington State House of Representatives, where he was selected by his colleagues to be Assistant Majority Leader and Republican Caucus Chairman.
While running his own family business for twenty-seven years, Columbia Basin Paper and Supply in his home town of Pasco, Hastings established himself as a leader in the small business community. He has been an active member of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, the Pasco/Kennewick Rotary Club, Pasco Downtown Development Association and the Pasco Jaycees. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Yakima Federal Savings and Loan.
Hastings studied business administration at Columbia Basin College and at Central Washington University in his home state of Washington.
Doc and his wife, Claire, reside in Pasco. They have three grown children, Kirsten, Petrina and Colin. They also have four grandchildren, Ivan, Robert, Elle and Lily.