Elected to Congress in 2004, Congressman Dave Reichert takes law and order principles to our nation's capital as the popular US Representative for Washington State's eighth congressional district. His committee assignments, Homeland Security, Transportation and Science give Dave a strong base of influence in Congress benefiting his eighth district constituents.
Recognizing Reichert's valuable experience and unique perspective as a veteran law enforcement officer, Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, appointed Reichert to Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology. Reichert is only the sixth freshman in the history of the House of Representatives to be given a committee chairmanship.
Reichert is also Vice-Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Chairmanships empower Reichert to utilize the vast library of knowledge he has acquired in over thirty years in law enforcement.
David George Reichert, 55, was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He and Julie, his wife of 34 years, currently live in Auburn and have three grown children, Angela, Tabitha and Daniel and six grandchildren.
Reichert graduated Concordia Lutheran College.
Reichert began his career with the King County Sheriff's Office as a patrol officer in 1972. During his 30-plus year career with one of the nation's largest and most prestigious police departments, Reichert served as a sergeant in Field operations, lieutenant in Special Operations and as a Precinct major. He held multiple specialty leadership positions including command of the SWAT Team, Drunk Driving Enforcement, Hostage Negotiation and Bomb Disposal Units.
To keep the Sheriff's Office on the leading edge of law enforcement, Dave completed multiple training courses as student and as instructor. He worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy, The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP), the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and the Secret Service Training Center. After leading the Green River Task Force murder investigation, Reichert became a nationally recognized expert and instructor in topics ranging from major case management to crime scene processing.
From 1971-1976, Dave Reichert served his country in the US Air Force Reserve including active duty in 1976.
Member, President's Export Council
Member, Board of Directors, Special Olympics of Washington
Former Member, King County Criminal Justice Council
Former Member, King County Domestic Violence Council
Former Co-Chair, King County Meth Coalition
Former Executive Board Member, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
Former Co-Chair, Washington State Partners in Crisis
Former President, Washington State Sheriff's Association
Dave Reichert carries integrity and strong values into his personal life. He has dedicated hundreds of hours of volunteer time as a coach and youth counselor. Reichert was a member of the Board of Governors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington and served on the board of Youth Vision, a group that builds leadership skills among youth in ministry. Dave was also a Sunday school teacher and chairman of his church's Board of Education.
Devoting himself to helping thousands of local homeless men, women and children, Dave served as a volunteer for the Union Gospel Mission. He was also president of the SHERIFF organization, a non-profit charitable group that aids law enforcement and their families in memory of Samuel Hicks, a King County Deputy slain in the line of duty. Dave Reichert has a strong record of supporting youth, faith and the public with both words and actions.
Elected to Congress in 2004, he now capably represents his constituents, the state of Washington and the nation. Decisive leadership, integrity and tireless dedication are the hallmarks of Reichert's service. His committee assignment on the House Ways and Means Committee gives Dave a strong base of influence in Congress benefiting his Eighth District constituents. During his first term, Reichert was only the 6th freshman representative in history to be named chairman of a subcommittee. Reichert went on to win reelection in November of 2006.
In 1997 he became King County's first elected sheriff in over 30 years.
Dave received numerous medals and awards throughout his law enforcement career. He is a two-time Medal of Valor Award recipient from the King County Sheriff's Office and was honored with Washington Policy Center's Champion of Freedom Award. Dave is the recipient of the Washington State Attorney General's Valor Award. His 2004 Sheriff of the Year Award was the nation's highest honor bestowed by the National Sheriff's Association. Reichert received the Families Northwest Public Policy Award and took top honors in a KING5 leadership poll.
Under his leadership, the county saw a significant drop in violent crime. Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff's Office as head of the task force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. As sheriff, Reichert also brought an unprecedented $28 million in federal funding to King County law enforcement efforts.
His three committee assignments, Homeland Security, Transportation and Science, give Reichert a strong base of influence in the House, benefiting his constituents.
Reichert is also Vice-Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Sheriff Reichert is established as a leading voice against domestic violence.
Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)
Sheriff Reichert is established as a leading voice against domestic violence and an advocate of strong family values.