• Born in Spokane, 1941

• Graduated from Pasco High School, 1959; attended Columbia Basin College, 1959-1961; attended Central Washington State College, 1964

• U.S. Army Reserves, 1963-1969

• Owner, Columbia Basin Paper and Supply

• Member of the Washington state House of Representatives, 1979-1987

• Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1976-1984

• Unsuccessful candidate for 4th District congressional seat in 1992, but elected in 1994 during the “Republican Revolution”

• Created 1998 Office of River Protection for cleaning up Hanford and protecting the Columbia River

• Chairman, House Rules Committee, 1997-2007; chairman, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, 2005-2007; chairman, Committee on Natural Resources, 2011-2014

• Persuaded Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2003 to drop opposition to allowing immigrants in the military to be eligible for U.S. citizenship

• Supported 2007 comprehensive immigration reform legislation under Bush, which died in the Senate

• 2013-2014, takes aim at Endangered Species Act

• Founder and chairman of the House Nuclear Clean-Up Caucus; co-chairman of the Northwest Energy Caucus; member of the Rural Health Care Coalition and the Specialty Crop Caucus.

Legislative positions

• Supported ongoing efforts for new water storage in the Yakima Basin

• Passed a law to protect the survivor benefits for families of soldiers killed in action

• Worked to enact fair trade agreements and open new markets for local farmers

• Longtime critic of federal judicial action to protect salmon; longtime advocate for dams

• Strong supporter of nuclear power

• Vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act


“What motivates me to be here in Congress at all is policy first. Why come here for any other reason?”