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U.S. Representative

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Dan Newhouse (R) 36,555 25.53%
Doug White (D) 36,098 25.21%
Loren Culp (R) 30,552 21.33%
Jerrod Sessler (R) 17,538 12.25%
Brad Klippert (R) 15,022 10.49%
Corey Gibson (R) 4,912 3.43%
Benancio “Ben” Garcia III (R) 2,056 1.44%
Jacek Kobiesa (R) 471 0.33%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Race

The Candidates

Dan Newhouse

Party:
Republican
Age:
67
City:
Sunnyside, Washington

Education: Graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1973. Earned a bachelor’s in agricultural economics from Washington State University in 1977.

Political experience: Elected to Congress in 2014. Previously served as director of Washington Department of Agriculture 2009-2013, and before that as a state representative 2003-2009.

Work experience: Third-generation farmer. His family still operates an 850-acre farm near Sunnyside, growing hops, tree fruit and grapes.

Family: Married. Has two adult children.

Campaign contributions: Reported raising $1.6 million with $871,000 cash on hand as of June 30, 2022. 

Doug White

Party:
Democratic
Age:
0
City:
Yakima, Washington

Education: Graduated from West Valley High School in Yakima in 1979. Earned a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in 1984 and a master's degree from San Jose State University in 1996.

Political experience: None. First-time candidate.

Work experience: Returned home to Yakima in 2020 after 20-year career in international business, most recently running a digital marketing company based in Hong Kong.

Family: Single. No children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $367,000 and had $174,000 on hand as of June 30, 2022.

Loren Culp

Party:
Republican
Age:
61
City:
Republic, Washington

Education: Attended Republic High School and obtained GED in 1978. Graduated from Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy during active duty 1980-1984.

Political experience: Ran for governor of Washington as a Republican in 2020, losing to Democrat Jay Inslee.

Work experience: Served in U.S. Army 1980-1986, worked as police officer in Republic 2010-2020. Campaigning full-time since 2020 gubernatorial race.

Family: Married to Barb Culp. Has two adult children.

Campaign contributions: As of June 30, raised $300,000 and had $53,000 on hand.

Jerrod Sessler

Party:
Republican
Age:
52
City:
Prosser, Washington

Education: Graduated from Evergreen High School in White Center in 1987. Earned an associate's degree from Highline Community College in 1991 and a bachelor's degree in 1996 from Kennedy-Western University, an unaccredited school based in California that has since closed.

Political experience: None. First-time candidate.

Work experience: Served in the Navy 1987-1989, raced stock cars in a regional NASCAR series 1999-2006, founded maintenance company HomeTask, Inc. in 2004. Campaigning full-time since entering the race in 2021.

Family: Married. Has three children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $499,000 and had about $100,000 cash on hand as of June 30, 2022.

Brad Klippert

Party:
Republican
Age:
65
City:
Kennewick, Washington

Education: Graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1975. Earned a bachelor's degree from Northwest University (then Northwest College) in 1993 and a master's degree in education from City University in 1997.

Political experience: Has represented Kennewick in the Washington House of Representatives since 2009. Ran unsuccessfully in U.S. Senate primaries in 2004 and 2006.

Work experience: Has worked in law enforcement for 28 years, including 22 years as a Benton County Sheriff's deputy.

Family: Married. Has three children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $37,884 by the end of June 2022 and reported $7,277 cash on hand.

Corey Gibson

Party:
Republican
Age:
44
City:
Selah, Washington

Education: Graduated from Selah High School in 1996. Attended Bellevue Community College (now Bellevue College) but did not complete a degree.

Political experience: None. First-time candidate.

Work experience: Has worked in marketing since 2007, mostly in the entertainment industry. Currently creative director at marketing firm Nexus Creative Studios.

Family: Single. No children.

Campaign contributions: Raised $37,884 by the end of June 2022 and reported $7,277 cash on hand.

Benancio "Ben" Garcia III

Party:
Republican
City:
Grandview, Washington

Education: Graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1990. Earned a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University in 2006.

Political experience: None. First-time candidate.

Work experience: Served in the Army National Guard 1995-2003 and on active duty 2003-2008. Worked for 10 years as a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan underwriter.

Family: Married with two adult children and nine grandchildren.

Campaign contributions: As of July 15, 2022, had not reported any fundraising to the Federal Election Commission.

Jacek Kobiesa

Party:
Republican
Age:
57
City:
Pasco, Washington

Education: Graduated from high school in Bielsko, Poland, in 1982 and Polish Air Force Academy in 1986. Earned a bachelor's degree from Washington State University in 2018.

Political experience: None. First-time candidate.

Work experience: Has worked for more than 20 years as a design engineer at Ray Poland and Sons, a general contractor in Kennewick.

Family: Married with three adult children.

Campaign contributions: As of July 15, 2022, had not reported any fundraising to the Federal Election Commission.

Complete Coverage

With Culp telling supporters not to back Newhouse, can Democrat Doug White pull off an upset?

Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, as Loren Culp was leaving his election night party at Rick’s Eatery in Moses Lake, one of the restaurant’s patrons wanted to make it clear not everyone in the Central Washington’s 4th congressional district agrees with far-right candidates like Culp who have come to dominate the Republican Party.

With Newhouse and White poised to survive primary, Culp blames ‘spoiler candidates’ for dividing Trump-aligned voters

As incumbent Rep. Dan Newhouse was poised to advance through the 4th congressional district primary despite voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, on Wednesday his fellow Republican Loren Culp, who was endorsed by Trump, blamed his third-place finish on a crowded field of Trump-aligned candidates.

Dan Newhouse, despite impeachment vote, appears to survive contentious primary for Central Washington congressional seat

MOSES LAKE – After a crowded and contentious race that saw eight candidates vie to represent Central Washington’s 4th district in Congress, four-term Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, appeared poised to emerge from Tuesday’s top-two primary along with Yakima businessman Doug White, the only Democrat in the race.

Candidates make their final pitches in drama-filled primary for Central Washington’s 4th congressional district

SELAH, Wash. – On Sunday, Jerrod Sessler stood at the pulpit of the Bible Baptist Church in this Yakima County farming town and explained what may be the craziest race in Washington’s primary election that concludes Tuesday.

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Loren Culp doesn’t care about GOP unity. What will it mean if he’s the party’s nominee for Congress?

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At campaign stop in Moxee, Loren Culp promises to ‘send Newhouse to the outhouse’

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In Central Washington’s 4th district, Dan Newhouse’s re-election hopes rest on voters getting over impeachment vote

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Spin Control: Biden, Inslee not popular, but Dems do well in survey

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After visiting Spokane VA medical center, Patty Murray says she remains committed to fixing computer system that has harmed veterans

Before visiting Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane on Thursday, Sen. Patty Murray said she is committed to fixing a faulty computer system that has threatened patient safety since the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting it in the Inland Northwest in October 2020.

Eastern Washington candidate says was carrying his gun during debate at a high school

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‘I do not want to be a winner by cheating’: GOP officials, election workers tell Jan. 6 panel about Trump’s pressure campaign

WASHINGTON – In a hearing Tuesday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol turned its attention to the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election by pressuring local officials who stood firm despite threats and intimidation.

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Breaching the four dams on the lower Snake River to prevent the extinction of native salmon, and replacing the benefits the dams provide such as hydropower and barging, could cost between $10.3 billion and $27.2 billion, according to a draft report released Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray.

Newhouse faces wide field in District 4 congressional race as Aug. 2 primary looms

The 2022 election cycle is the first to test new political boundaries across the state, including in Central Washington’s Congressional District 4, where eight candidates are vying for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Firearm and body armor restrictions, mental health screenings urged by lawmakers in reaction to latest shooting tragedy

WASHINGTON – Opponents of restricting firearms often argue that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” a line famously uttered by the chief executive of the National Rifle Association after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school a decade ago.

Newhouse, Schrier and Herrera Beutler each face multiple challengers after busy candidate filing week

WASHINGTON – With the slate of candidates for Washington’s Aug. 2 primary election officially set after last Friday’s filing deadline, three of the state’s congressional representatives each face multiple challengers in crowded races whose outcomes are tough to predict.

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Five Republican candidates stood at the front of a VFW post in Yakima on the first Saturday of May. One by one, they made their opening pitches for why the voters of Central Washington’s ruby-red 4th district should send them to Congress.