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Rick Larsen

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2001
Preceded by Jack Metcalf

Born June 15, 1965 (1965-06-15) (age 44)
Arlington, Washington
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tiia Larsen
Residence Lake Stevens, Washington
Alma mater Pacific Lutheran University, University of Minnesota
Occupation public affairs director
Religion Methodist

Richard Ray "Rick" Larsen (born June 15, 1965), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing the Washington's 2nd congressional district.

Born in Arlington, Washington, he attended Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Minnesota, earning a master's degree in public affairs. He formerly worked as director of public affairs for the Washington State Dental Association and as a lobbyist for the dental profession. He also worked for the city of Everett, Washington as director of economic development for the city's port.

Before being elected to the House, Larsen gained political experience when he served as a Snohomish County Councilman and as chair of the Snohomish County Council.

In 2006, CQPolitics described him:

Larsen, a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition in the House, has carved an image as a moderate that appeals to crucial swing voters in the politically competitive coastal district in the northwestern corner of Washington State. He still maintains support from more liberal voters, mainly in the district’s population centers surrounding the port cities of Everett and Bellingham.

Given the importance of defense- and aviation-oriented jobs in the 2nd District, Larsen’s seats on the Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are politically advantageous. [1]

Rick Larsen has repeatedly cosponsored legislation that would create the Wild Sky Wilderness area in his home district[2] and is a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.


Congressional career

Rick Larsen was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000, and sits on the Armed Services Committee, Transportation Committee, and the Small Business Committee. He was re-elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

Larsen has authored a law that regulates the international marriage brokering industry, by protecting "mail order brides" from abuse and clients from being monetarily ripped off.[3] Among his other priorities are fighting for better access to health care for veterans and the poor, increasing support for government programs that combat homelessness, increasing highway funding, and finding solutions to the growing methamphetamine problem in the district.


Transportation Issues

One of Rick Larsen’s major priorities is transportation issues. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he has voted yes on every transportation bill since being reelected in 2008.[4] He believes that “sound investments in transportation keep our economy moving,” and improve conditions in other areas.[5] Representative Larsen has gotten over $52 million dollars in the form of transportation projects for the SAFETEA-LU Bill to improve highways, increase funding for ferry systems, and expedite the flow of traffic and goods through border crossings.[6]

Labor Issues

Since being reelected in 2008, Representative Larsen has voted yes on every labor bill, ranging from the “S-Miner Act” to the “Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits” bill.[7] Rick Larsen has shown strong support for the interests of the Utility Workers Union of America, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, and AFL – CIO. [8] He works to support the local Washington economy by investing in small to medium-sized businesses to help them succeed in the global economy. [9]

Committee assignments

Recent elections

In 2006, Larsen defeated Republican candidate Doug Roulstone, a retired Navy officer who was recruited by GOP strategists. Larsen received 65% of the vote to Roulstone's 34%.

Larsen was challenged in the Democratic primary during his 2008 reelection campaign by perennial candidate Glen Johnson. His Republican opponent for the House race was recently retired Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart.

Campaign Finance

For the 2008 election cycle, Rick Larsen’s campaign’s total income was $1,336,438.[10] His campaign spent $1,155,691.[11] The companies that contributed the most money were Boeing Co., Microsoft Corp., American Dental Assn., McBee Strategic Consulting, and Puget Energy.[12] The labor, finance/insurance/real estate, transportation, misc. business, and health sectors were the largest contributing sectors.[13] The major industry donations came from heath professionals, transportation unions, building trade unions, retired, and sea transport. [14]

Electoral history

Washington's 2nd congressional district: Results 1992–2008[15] [16]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2000 Rick Larsen 146,617 50% John Koster 134,660 46% Stuart Andrews Libertarian 7,672 3% Glen S. Johnson Natural Law 4,231 1%
2002 Rick Larsen 101,219 50% Norma Smith 92,528 46% Bruce Guthrie Libertarian 4,326 2% Bernard P. Haggerty Green 4,077 2%
2004 Rick Larsen 202,383 64% Suzanne Sinclair 106,333 34% Bruce Guthrie Libertarian 7,966 2%
2006 Rick Larsen 157,064 64% Doug Roulstone 87,730 36%
2008 Rick Larsen 217,416 62% Rick Bart 131,051 38%

Political Positions


Pro-choice interest groups have consistently supported Rick Larsen. Planned Parenthood, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all highly rated his position on abortion.[17] In addition, he has voted against several pro-life bills.[18]

Healthcare reform

Larsen has supported the House Democrat proposal for publicly-funded health care.[19] He voted for the reform bill in November of 2009.[20]

Iraq War

Although Larsen initially voted against a bill authorizing military force in Iraq in October of 2002, he has since voted yes on nearly every bill put forth in the House concerning the Iraq and Afghanistan.[21] Larsen supports President Obama's proposed exit strategy which promises to remove combat troops by summer of 2010.[22]

See also


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Metcalf
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by


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