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Richard Ray Larsen (born June 15, 1965) is the United States Representative for Washington's 2nd congressional district
Washington's 2nd congressional district
and a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and was re-elected in each of the eight subsequent elections, most recently in 2016. Larsen is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


1 Early life, education and career 2 U.S. House of Representatives

2.1 Committee assignments 2.2 Caucus Participation

3 Staff Twitter scandal 4 Political positions

4.1 Transportation 4.2 Labor 4.3 Abortion 4.4 Healthcare reform 4.5 Iraq War

5 Political campaigns

5.1 2006 5.2 2008 5.3 2010 5.4 2012

6 Electoral history 7 References 8 External links

Early life, education and career[edit]

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Larsen addressing Rotary club

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
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. U.S. House of Representatives[edit] Committee assignments[edit]

United States House Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Ranking Member) Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Caucus Participation[edit]

U.S.-China Working Group Electronic Warfare Working Group Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine Congressional Arts Caucus[1] Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus[2] Congressional Cem

Staff Twitter scandal[edit] On December 8, 2011, three staff members of Larsen were fired by Larsen after they were tweeting insults about Larsen and bragging about drinking on the job in Larsen's Washington D.C. office. Larsen's office fired the offending staffers within hours.[3] Political positions[edit] In 2006, CQPolitics described him:

Larsen, a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition[4] 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 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.[5]

Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen
has repeatedly cosponsored legislation that would create the Wild Sky Wilderness
Wild Sky Wilderness
area in his home district[6] and is a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. 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.[7] 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. Larsen also meets regularly with the community-at-large in various events or forums and is able to help provide information if needed. Transportation[edit] 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.[8] He believes that “sound investments in transportation keep our economy moving,” and improve conditions in other areas.[8] Representative Larsen has gotten over $52 million 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.[9] Labor[edit] 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.[8] Rick Larsen
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.[10] He works to support the local Washington economy by investing in small to medium-sized businesses to help them succeed in the global economy.[8] Abortion[edit] Pro-choice interest groups have consistently supported Rick Larsen. Planned Parenthood, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association and NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America
have all highly rated his position on abortion.[11] In addition, he has voted against several bills that would restrict abortion rights.[12] Healthcare reform[edit] Larsen has supported the House Democratic proposal for publicly funded health care.[13] He voted for the reform bill in November 2009.[14] Iraq War[edit] Although Larsen initially voted against a bill authorizing military force in Iraq in October 2002, he has since voted yes on nearly every bill put forth in the House concerning the Iraq and Afghanistan.[15] Larsen supports President Obama's proposed exit strategy which promises to remove combat troops by summer of 2010.[16] Political campaigns[edit] 2006[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Washington, 2006 § District 2 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%. 2008[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Washington, 2008 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. For the 2008 election cycle, Rick Larsen’s campaign’s total income was $1,336,438.[17] His campaign spent $1,155,691.[17] The companies that contributed the most money were Boeing Co., Microsoft Corp., American Dental Assn., McBee Strategic Consulting, and Puget Energy.[17] The labor, finance/insurance/real estate, transportation, misc. business, and health sectors were the largest contributing sectors.[17] The major industry donations came from health professionals, transportation unions, building trade unions, retired, and sea transport.[17] 2010[edit] See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Washington, 2010 § District 2 Larsen narrowly defeated Republican nominee John Koster to win a sixth term. Larson was endorsed by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
on October 13, 2010.[18] 2012[edit] United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections, 2012#District 2 In 2012, Larsen won reelection by a comfortable margin, with 61% of the vote as compared to Republican Dan Matthews' 39%.[19] Electoral history[edit]

Washington's 2nd congressional district: Results 1992–2014[20][21][22]


Democrat Votes Pct

Republican Votes Pct

3rd Party Party Votes Pct

3rd Party Party Votes Pct


Rick Larsen 146,617 50%

John Koster 134,660 46%

Stuart Andrews Libertarian 7,672 3%

Glen S. Johnson Natural Law 4,231 1%


Rick Larsen 101,219 50%

Norma Smith 92,528 46%

Bruce Guthrie Libertarian 4,326 2%

Bernard P. Haggerty Green 4,077 2%


Rick Larsen 202,383 64%

Suzanne Sinclair 106,333 34%

Bruce Guthrie Libertarian 7,966 2%


Rick Larsen 157,064 64%

Doug Roulstone 87,730 36%


Rick Larsen 217,416 62%

Rick Bart 131,051 38%


Rick Larsen 155,241 51%

John Koster 148,722 49%


Rick Larsen 184,826 61%

Dan Matthews 117,465 39%


Rick Larsen 67,812 62%

B.J. Guillot 41,889 38%


Rick Larsen 208,314 64%

Marc Hennemann 117,094 36%


^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 21 March 2018.  ^ "Heck and Kilmer Announce Launch of Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus". Congressman Derek Kilmer. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ Dinan, Stephen. Hill staffers tweet of partying, 'idiot boss', Washington Times, December 8, 2011. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 5 February 2018.  ^ "Politics Home Page: Roll Call". cqpolitics.com. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ "Wild Sky wilderness bill back in Congress". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ House bio ^ a b c d "Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ "Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ "Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ " Project Vote Smart - Representative Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen
- Interest Group Ratings". Votesmart.org. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ " Project Vote Smart - Representative Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen
- Voting Record". Votesmart.org. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ "Healthcare - Rick Larsen, Representing Washington State's 2nd Congressional District". House.gov. 2010-03-23. Archived from the original on August 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ " Project Vote Smart - Representative Larsen on HR 3962 - Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ " Project Vote Smart - Representative Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen
- Voting Record". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ "Iraq - Rick Larsen, Representing Washington State's 2nd Congressional District". House.gov. 2001-09-11. Archived from the original on August 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ a b c d e "Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 18 April 2015.  ^ PI.com: Larsen deserves re-election, editorial board, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 13, 2010 ^ Reed, Sam. "2nd Congression District election". 2012 election results. WA STATE SEC OF STATE.  ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10.  ^ "Washington State General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 2009-05-10.  ^ "Washington State General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Congressman Rick Larsen
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official U.S. House site Rick Larsen
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for Congress Rick Larsen
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at Curlie (based on DMOZ)

Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Profile at Project Vote Smart Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress The Role of Congress in the U.S-China Relationship, Presentation by Congressman Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen
at Engaging Asia 2011 (March 30, 2011)

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Preceded by Jack Metcalf Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 2nd congressional district 2001–Present Succeeded by Incumbent

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Preceded by James Langevin D-Rhode Island United States Representatives by seniority 89th Succeeded by Betty McCollum D-Minnesota

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Washington's current delegation to the United States Congress


Patty Murray
Patty Murray
(D) Maria Cantwell
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Representatives (ordered by district)

Suzan DelBene
Suzan DelBene
(D) Rick Larsen
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(D) Jaime Herrera Beutler
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(R) Dan Newhouse
Dan Newhouse
(R) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) Derek Kilmer
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(D) Pramila Jayapal
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(D) Dave Reichert
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(R) Adam Smith (D) Dennis Heck
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