Another senior House Republican announces retirement
February 13th, 2014
01:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Another senior House Republican announces retirement

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state announced Thursday that he'll retire at the end of this year rather than run for re-election in November.

Hastings, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement he was stepping down after 10 terms to allow someone new to represent Washington's 4th Congressional District.

"Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people's House," Hastings said in his statement.

He also said it was time to spend more time with his children, grandchildren, and especially his wife: "Claire has always been my greatest supporter and the hardest part of every week is leaving her Monday morning to catch an airplane to Washington, DC. She and I both look forward with anticipation to the time we will have together and with our family after my term ends in January."

Under House GOP rules Hastings is term limited to three terms in his committee post, and he's the second committee chair facing the end of his tenure to decide to retire. Recently House Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon, R-California, also announced he would not run for another term in November.

Earlier this week Hastings was one of just 28 House Republicans to vote for a clean bill to raise the debt ceiling. Another GOP member who announced his retirement on Wednesday - Rep. Gary Miller of California - was also part of that group. The vast majority of House Republicans opposed that measure, and some worried that a vote for that bill could draw criticism, or even a primary challenge, from tea party conservatives.

Hastings' seat is considered likely to stay in GOP hands. Hastings won 66% of the vote his 2012 re-election, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by 22 percentage points over President Barack Obama.

In a statement, Rep. Greg Walden of neighboring Oregon, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, praised Hastings and added that "I am confident that the people of Washington’s 4th district will elect another strong, conservative leader this November."


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • Washington State
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    So long. These republicans are dropping like flies. Dems, the House is ours for the taking.

    February 13, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. just saying

    it is good to see people serve and then leave to spend their last few years on this planet with their family. hopefully he'll be replaced by a republican so the house doesn't fall into the hands of that peloser lunatic.

    February 13, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    This one will stay GOP I am afraid. I salute anyone putting in time to serve the country. Happy retirement.

    February 13, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Didn't Washington State just legalize marijuana ?

    It's time for the old to retire , bring in the new .

    Going Green means never voting republican again !

    February 13, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    So long. These republicans are dropping like flies. Dems, the House is ours for the taking.
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    Hahahahaha... oh, man, Dutch... denial isn't a river in Egypt.

    "Hastings' seat is considered likely to stay in GOP hands. Hastings won 66% of the vote his 2012 re-election, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by 22 percentage points over President Barack Obama."

    February 13, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. rs

    Happy retirement, Sir.

    February 13, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. just saying

    Fair is Fair
    "Hastings' seat is considered likely to stay in GOP hands. Hastings won 66% of the vote his 2012 re-election, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by 22 percentage points over President Barack Obama."
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    which means the democrats shouldn't even bother putting a person up for this seat. a waste of time and money only to get beat by 30 percentage points.

    February 13, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Keith ..... in Oregon

    Why do people feel the need to call it Washington State? It is Washington. There is a Washington, D.C. and Washington. Washington State doesn't exist.

    Sorry, I'm a native of Washington and that is one of my pet peeves.

    Hope Doc enjoys retirement and is replaced with another Republican.

    February 13, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. TONE

    Another one bites the dust, he became tired of doing nothing for the past 15 years on tax payers dime. Only one word for losers like these, good riddance. I hope Americans can say the same to the gop come 2014.

    February 13, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. rla

    Yeah- There will be more tea party people elected in 2014 and they can begin the process of getting the country back on the right economic foot and prepare for the election of a conservative president in 16... Progressives are also dropping like flies and most who are still running are running away from Obama - That is NOT how you win elections... Thank God for Obama care - It shows the depths of lies and failure of the progressive agenda that does not need explanation

    February 13, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. xray vision

    Saying/ asking, just think in2024 you can say you've been trashing our president for 16 years, and never even ask why? You can't win an election because your party hates anyone who won't fall in line, just keep telling yourself its because were all stupid, or perhaps its just you.

    February 13, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Donna

    rla
    Yeah- There will be more tea party people elected in 2014 and they can begin the process of getting the country back on the right economic foot and prepare for the election of a conservative president in 16... Progressives are also dropping like flies and most who are still running are running away from Obama – That is NOT how you win elections... Thank God for Obama care – It shows the depths of lies and failure of the progressive agenda that does not need explanation
    -–

    Well said! And don't forget, there is nothing like being targeted by the IRS for political reasons to get a person's back up. 2014 will make 2010 look like a picnic for the Democrats. Obama and Obamacare, the gifts that just keep on giving.

    February 13, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Tommy G

    TONE
    Another one bites the dust, he became tired of doing nothing for the past 15 years on tax payers dime. Only one word for losers like these, good riddance. I hope Americans can say the same to the gop come 2014.
    --

    You must have been real ticked off what those old sick and dying Democrats refused to leave office even when they knew they were dying and couldn't do the job they were elected to do.

    February 13, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. tom l

    "xray vision" certainly sounds similar to a lot of other posters on here. I recall when "smith" came to the party, all the liberals on here were questioning whether he had just changed his name from another moniker (and several of them did it on several occasions). Curiously, nobody questions "xray vision" and if he is just using another name. Just another wonderful example of the lack of self awareness of many on the left...

    February 13, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Keith ..... in Oregon
    Why do people feel the need to call it Washington State? It is Washington. There is a Washington, D.C. and Washington. Washington State doesn't exist.

    Sorry, I'm a native of Washington and that is one of my pet peeves.

    Hope Doc enjoys retirement and is replaced with another Republican.

    ==========

    Ok , who do you root for , Washington State or Oregon State when they play ?

    Is it ok to say , the State of Washington , like the State of California .

    Or is it just a state of mind ?

    February 13, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @rla
    Thank God for Obama care – It shows the depths of lies and failure of the progressive agenda that does not need explanation
    ------------–
    If ACA is such a failure, why are the Koch bros spending big bucks trying to sabotage it? Thank God it didn't work.

    February 13, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -rla

    Yeah- There will be more tea party people elected in 2014 and they can begin the process of getting the country back on the right economic foot and prepare for the election of a conservative president in 16... Progressives are also dropping like flies and most who are still running are running away from Obama – That is NOT how you win elections... Thank God for Obama care – It shows the depths of lies and failure of the progressive agenda that does not need explanation
    ***************
    How will they get elected? Certainly not on the basis of any accomplishments or new ideas. You can't expect to lead simply by being the party of opposition. You have to stand for something, and the GOP only stands for the easiest positions they can possibly take

    February 13, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @rla
    Yeah- There will be more tea party people elected in 2014 and they can begin the process of getting the country back on the right economic foot and prepare for the election of a conservative president in 16.
    ------------
    So what kind of government could we look forward to. Let's hear from the Tea Party:
    "I've always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country (Nazi Germany) that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things." —Ohio GOP House candidate and Tea Party favorite Rich Iott, explaining why for years he donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments as part of a group that calls itself Wiking, Oct. 2010

    February 13, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. tom l

    @The Real TP,
    I sent a long-winded (what else is new with me? :) ) reply to you yesterday and it actually posted! :) It's one of the last comments in the "senate passes debt ceiling plan in blow to conservatives". I hope you get a chance to read it and reply.

    February 13, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |